New DMV will triple size of current facility
Courtesy Photo A conceptual drawing of a new DMV that will almost triple the size of the current department from 600 square feet to 1,600 square feet.
F.J. Arcement Construction, Inc. will build the new DMV at a cost of $321,000. The parish received $151,831 from the state to go towards the construction.
The new DMV will be built across from the courthouse between Madere’s Garage and the parish’s Planning and Zoning Department. It will be 1,600 square feet, which is much larger than the current DMV that is 600 square feet.
Currently, those that need to get a new driver’s license or register a new vehicle have to stand in a courthouse hallway before they are serviced.
At some times, the line stretches outside of the building.
Along with the DMV, F.J. Arcement Construction will also build a new records storage building for the parish. The new facility will double the capacity of the current record storage area from 4,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet.
For years, records have been kept on the third floor of the courthouse in the old parish jail. Upon taking office in 2008, St. Pierre said one of his goals was to demolish the jail in an effort to consolidate his offices. Once the demolition is complete, the plans are to move the administration, finance and council offices to the third floor. That will leave more space for the clerk of court, district attorney and judge’s offices.
The new record storage facility, which will be built at a cost of $417,000, will be located next door to the DMV.
The facility should be able to handle all of the parish’s records for the next 20 to 30 years, but a mezzanine and additional floor can be built at any time to accommodate more records, St. Pierre said.
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