Moving forward is what Mayor Gerard Landry is pushing as many are still recovering from the 2016 flood, but now the nicknamed ‘Wet City Hall’ will come down.
Bids were taken during Tuesday night’s city council meeting for demolition of the building that sits on Government Drive.
The council unanimously approved Lloyd D. Nabors Demolition for the job.
The old city hall took 52 inches of water during the flood and operations had to be relocated to the Capitol One bank on North Range Avenue.
Landry says there’s still a ways to go before things get back to normal.
“So many city properties that still need repair. City equipment, lift stations, water pumps, water wells, all these things are held together with duct tape and bale and wire. As we get those funds available, we will rebuild those facilities and make them better again,” Landry explains.
Mayor Landry adds around $250,000 allocated from FEMA will go into tearing down the building and put in a new pavilion to resemble the train station park downtown.
Demolition is set to be complete in the upcoming weeks.