City of Plaquemine begins work on its future community center near Riverfront Park

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

The city has begun work on transforming the old Nadler's building adjacent to the parking lot of the Mark A. "Tony" Gulotta Bayou Waterfront Park into a multi-use community center. 

The first phase is stripping the old rusted tin off the building and replacing a portion of it with new tin, adding some electrical lines and pouring a new slab in a portion of the huge building so that it can be used for events and activities.

Fut0ure plans call for closing in a portion of the expansive building for use as a community center. The photos show the old tin being stripped off the building. This project is expected to be completed in October.

Plaquemine residents and others passing through the city may have noticed the improvements to the old Nadler building across from the Mark A. "Tony" Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park. 

The improvements are part of a long-range plan by Mayor "Ed" Reeves, Jr. and the City Selectmen to convert the massive building into a covered outdoor space and community center.

The area of the building presently being "re-skinned" encompasses 11,000 square feet and will be a covered outdoor area for events like farmers markets, flea markets, and more. The work on this phase also includes some electrical work, plumbing work and replacing the roofing. It will be ready for use by mid-October.

Future phases include the stucco entrances facing the street and parking lot, restrooms, a kitchen, storage, a vestibule at the center of the building as phase two, and the community center as phase three. The rendering shows how the building ties in beautifully with the Waterfront Park.