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State-Funded Assumption Parish Community Center Holds Groundbreaking in Napoleonville


OCD-DRU Executive Director Pat Forbes (third from left) joined with state, parish and
local officials
 at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Assumption Parish Community
Center in Napoleonville.
 The $9.39 million center is being built with disaster
CDBG funds allocated to Assumption Parish
 for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

August 18, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La. - Representatives from the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit joined with parish and local officials and other dignitaries in a groundbreaking ceremony today at the site of the Assumption Parish Community Center in Napoleonville.

The $9.39 million Community Center will serve as a focal point for parish residents, providing a location for large gatherings such as school graduations, community-wide meetings, musical and cultural attractions, and social and recreational activities for senior citizens and children. The center will promote economic and community development by providing a venue for festivals, farmer's markets, workforce development programs and other community-based events.

OCD-DRU Executive Director Pat Forbes said, "This Community Center will offer the residents across Assumption Parish a place to gather and will support the parish's economic and cultural growth. It is a wise investment in the recovery of Assumption and its citizens and for the state of Louisiana."

Assumption Parish Police Jury President Martin Triche said, "The Assumption Community Center has been a long-awaited project that greatly benefits the citizens of Assumption Parish. It shall improve the Parish's ability to respond to emergencies, provide a venue for large gatherings like school graduations and sporting events, as well as a location for social events like wedding receptions, church fundraising and other group gatherings."

Ronnie Myers, president of Lincoln Builders of Baton Rouge, said, "Lincoln Builders is honored to have been selected for this very important work. We are prepared to dedicate our best resources to this project to ensure that the completed Community Center will be the signature building that the people of Assumption Parish will be proud of for many years to come."

Shane Guin, PE, MBA, with Duplantis Design Group said, "It has been our pleasure to assist Assumption Parish with the design of this landmark facility. The design approach was to create a multi-purpose facility that encompassed the cultural heritage of our bayou region. This could not have been accomplished without the assistance of a very dedicated parish administration and police jury working in conjunction with our design team of local professionals."

The Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit has awarded $9,390,000 in disaster recovery funding for the construction of the Community Center, allowing Assumption Parish officials to access federal Community Development Block Grant funds needed to implement the project. The funding is part of more than $1 billion in disaster recovery CDBG money received by the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for damages inflicted by Gustav and Ike.

In total, the OCD-DRU has allocated $26,879,387 in Gustav-Ike disaster recovery funding to Assumption Parish.

The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.