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Beauregard courthouse work to begin in 2015

BY ELONA WESTON
DERIDDER -- Plans to renovate the aging Beauregard Parish Courthouse are close to being ironed out, according to Beauregard Parish police jurors.

Paul Lemaire, of Corne-Lemaire Group in Lafayette, the project's architect, said he has some work left to do on the final plan, which will be submitted to police jurors later this year.

Police Jury President Gary Crowe said actual construction won't begin until 2015. He is hoping bids will be let in October.

Police jurors purchased the First Baptist Church of DeRidder property to house courthouse operations while the renovations take place. The church recently relocated.

"The architect is ready to do his final drawings. In the meantime, the courthouse annex in the old Baptist church, we've almost got everything ready to go out for bids to redo that so we can move everything in the courthouse into that building," Crowe said.

"They'll start construction in early 2015 and it's supposed to be completed in 2016," Crowe continued.

Police jurors and courthouse officials have long eyed a courthouse revamp. The handicapped accessibility problem and space challenges were both central themes of a parish bond issue favored by voters in December 2012.

The courthouse, built around 1913, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Beauregard police jurors project courthouse work to begin in 2015
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