Parc Hardy building pricey

By Ken Grissom

t_news@bellsouth.net

BREAUX BRIDGE – Everybody agreed that a 1,600-square-foot multi-purpose building at Parc Hardy was a good idea until they saw the $321,000 price tag.

The low bid by Timeline Builders of Breaux Bridge was taken under advisement at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The bid is for an air conditioned 40-by-40-foot metal building with a kitchen and a small office, plus paved parking for 12 vehicles and other groundwork.

The city only has $100,000 to spend, a grant from the state courtesy Sen. Troy Hebert, Rep. Fred Mills and former Rep. Sydnie Mae Durand.

The council postponed any action on the bids until architect Glenn Angelle has a change to get with the contractor and see what corners can be cut.

“These are kinda high prices,” Angelle said. “We were expecting low to mid 200s.”

Meanwhile, enthusiasm seemed to wane for the project as conceived. Indeed some said they thought it ought to be bigger.

The building, to be erected on city property behind Winn-Dixie adjacent to the park, was conceived as a headquarters for the city parks and recreation department, which is currently housed in a rented portable building at the very back of the park.

Others suggested it should be large enough to serve as a sort of civic center.

“I sure can’t see spending $300,000 for a 40-by-40 building,” said Councilman Glenn Angelle, no relation to the architect of the same name.

The $100,000 has to be spent at Parc Hardy and the building is definitely needed, said Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme.

He suggested a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups like the Crawfish Association.

“This is when you come in and have fund-raisers,” Delhomme said.

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