Morgan City’s old icehouse to be demolished
MORGAN CITY, La. — The city began work Wednesday to tear down an old icehouse on the river side of the seawall along Front Street, which is the first step to “revitalize” an area along the seawall, said Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi.
The city is using part of a $1.3 million state grant it received shortly after Hurricane Katrina to demolish the building. The demolition is being done by Winston Services, who is contracted to be finished within 30 days, Grizzaffi said.
The grant was originally awarded to be used to build a new icehouse, but the city’s dock is in “disrepair,” he said. “We’ve convinced the state that an icehouse does us no good without a viable dock,” Grizzaffi said.
The city got approval to use some of the grant money to tear down the abandoned icehouse, he said.
The city’s wharf commission, made up of local residents, originally got bids on tearing down the icehouse, he said.
The ultimate goal for the project is to build a bulkhead for a 780-foot stretch along the riverfront from Fishermen’s Wharf to the railroad tracks, he said. The plans also include repairing the dock.
Grizzaffi said the city plans to use the grant money for the majority of the project, but is still waiting for final approval from the state to begin work.
The city is in the process of getting permitting from the state and U.S. Corps of Engineers to be able to move the city’s dock farther out in the river, Grizzaffi said. Then they want to backfill the void with river sand similar to what the city did at Lake Palourde to create more riverfront.
We also are getting ready to go out and get some pricing,” he said. He hopes to get all the permitting, design, bids awarded and finish the entire project within 18 months.
There is already other funding in place in addition to the grant to complete the project, he said.
Grizzaffi wants to make the area by the seawall “more friendly to the citizens with benches and gazebos and cement sidewalks and really turn that Front Street into something that the community can use,” he said.