D’IBERVILLE — Applications for building permits are scarce, even in D’Iberville, but that should change soon.
Dr. Moby Solangi announced Tuesday during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion he chose Ely Guild Hardy to design his Ocean Expo aquarium in D’Iberville in collaboration with Cambridge 7, the firm that designed the Atlanta Aquarium.
City Manager Michael Janus Jackson also was in Jackson, where Gov. Haley Barbour recognized Ely Guild Hardy and D’Iberville native David Hardy for work on the restoration of an old Jackson bank into the design firm’s office.
In a written report to council, Janus said the city is finalizing the acquisition for the property southwest of the Interstate 10 and I-110 intersection, where Ocean Expo will be built. D’Iberville has submitted the documentation for environmental permits, he said, and is working on saltwater lines to the site, funding for the project and the city’s obligations.
Mayor Rusty Quave read an e-mail from a Florida company that has an agreement to reopen Guitars and Cadillacs nightclub in D’Iberville. Building official Hank Rogers said the new owners will have to reapply to the Planning Commission and City Council for a conditional permit to reopen on Popp’s Ferry Road.
Public Works Director Al Gombos said construction on the Gorenflo Bridge is nearly complete and it will be open by Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, work has begun on the expansion of Central Avenue.
Steve Gunn with S.H. Anthony Construction met with residents and business owners and laid out plans for construction that will continue through August 2011. Phase I is under way between Bay Shore and Rodriguez and will be complete in time for the streets to be open for Mardi Gras. R.J. Deno is watching the construction from his business, Doris’ Hot Tamales, on Central Avenue and said, “It means progress.”
Phase II starts in early March from Rodriguez to Quave. Gunn said this will be the most challenging part of the project as the street is widened and gutters, curbs and decorative streetlights installed while businesses remain open. Phase III runs from Quave to the clock at Lamey Bridge Road.
Gunn urged patience and communication and gave his phone number, 297-5262, for anyone to call with questions.
Brian Gollott said his family has three business and one rental property on Central Avenue and, he said, “I know we’ve got to go through a bit of pain again for the gain.”
By Mary Perez
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