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Sterlington is growing in leaps and bounds

Posted: Updated: Dec 27, 2013 06:26 PM

STERLINGTON, La. (KNOE 8 NEWS) - Sterlington's population was projected to grow by 30 percent this year and the town is expected to become a city in the next few years.

Driving down U.S. Highway 165, you will probably notice all the construction going on in the northern part of the parish. Sterlington's Economic Development Consultant Charles McDonald said Sterlington is the fastest growing town in the parish. He said the school system, business climate and recreation options are diving people to this suburb of Monroe.

"Frenchman's Bend continues to grow, we have upscale housing. We now have businessmen who have developed a number of town houses and duplex apartments that are upscale. Young people are moving out and families are moving in because of the school situation," McDonald said.  

McDonald said housing is very affordable and resale is quick because of the demand. He said employers like Centurylink, Entergy and Angus Dow are driving the market. McDonald also says the town is very proactive in recruiting more business and just hired marketing firm DeNardin and Associates to help with a business strategy.

Real estate developer Grady Williams said he invested roughly two-million dollars in Frenchman's Village, located on highway 165, because of Sterlington's promising growth.

"The growth here is phenomenal. It's doubled in the last three years and will probably double again in the next three," Williams said.  

McDonald said it doesn't hurt that Sterlington is located on a major four-lane highway.

"Business developers are certainly interested in the 170,000 cars a week go up and down 165," McDonald said.  

McDonald also said all this development is due to cooperation of the government, business community, and the residents of Sterlington.

To help police the growing population, the Sterlington Town Council is going to look at hiring an additional officer. Chief Berry Bonner said the additional salary is already in the budget. 

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