3 major renovation permits issued

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Arts Center on Second Street

The City Planning and Zoning report for June shows the department issued 41 building permits with a valuation of $3.8 million. According the report from Director Juanita Fowler, several large commercial permits were issued including one for $2.1 million secured by Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. The contractor is M.D. Descant Inc. Subcontractors include Twin City Electric, Reliance Plumbing Group Inc., and Johnny Williams Plumbing.

Arts Center

CEO Kirk Soileau said the construction is for an expanded wound care center that extends from the emergency room to East Fifth St. The project also includes additional parking. The new center will have 7,500 square feet compared to the current center that has 2,800 square feet. When it is complete, the former facility will become an infusion center that administers long-term antibiotics treatment on an out-patient basis. Soileau said information will be released in about 30 days when NRMC begins renovation of the building that once housed Rite Aid on Keyser Avenue. It will house the hospital’s specialists in one location.

The City secured a permit for $495,716 for renovation of the Natchitoches Arts Center at 715 Second St. The project will include a platform for the City Council, new bathrooms and other major changes. The low bidder for the contract was Prothro Construction. Subcontractors are listed as Sunstream Inc. and Mayrand Plumbing LLC.

Construction at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center construction on an expanded wound care center. Photo by Hannah Richardson

Sharplin Hotels Inc. secured a permit with a valuation of $500,000 for renovation of Holiday Inn Express at 5137 University Parkway. Jay Sharplin said the project includes painting the exterior and updating guest rooms. Such projects are customary in the hotel business about every 10 years. “We’re starting a little early since the hotel was built in 2011,” Sharplin said. Notable on the list is that there were no new home constructions in June. Other permits and their valuations were issued to: •

The interior of the Arts Center on Second Street has been completely gutted. Prothro Construction won the bid for the extensive renovations at a cost of $495,716.

City Bank and Trust Co., 430 Keyser, plumbing , $4,000, •Steven M. Kautz, 829 Whitfield, pool and electrical, $86,500 •Gregory and Brenda Sarpy, 801 North Melrose, addition and alterations, windows, $4,000 •Broadmoor Shopping Center, 235 Broadmoor Shopping Center, sign permit, $3,000 •PSE Land Co., 915 Keyser, Burger King, roof, $35,700 •James Jefferson, 745 Royal, additions and alterations, $1,000 •Freddie Fowler, 106 Hill, addition and alterations, $3,500 •Bryan Condet, 1201 Lakeshore Dr., additions and alterations, $2,500 •William D. Cross, 301 Ledet, addition and alterations, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, $85,000 •Security Workforce, 806 Williams, addition and alterations $9,200 •Ralph C. Ingram Jr., 905 Williams Ave., addition and alterations, $2,000 •QCS Properties, 137 T-Joe St., electrical and plumbing, mobile home, $1,500 •Patricia M. Lewis, 1042 Oma, additions and alterations, $3,500 •Derek Boyt, 843 Parkway, roof, $2,000 •Jeremiah Slate, 630 Railroad, mobile home, $500 •Timothy Parker, 420 Julia, repair and replacement electrical, $4,000 •Leo Johnson, 1220 Grace, electrical repair, $1,200 •LDR Enterprises Inc., 145 Robert Circle, electrical and plumbing, $300 •Louis D. Below, 1408 Bivins, electrical repair, $1,500 •Grace J. Farley, 1010 Amulet, addition and alterations, $2,500 •Dianne Mitchell, 417 Sixth, windows, $5,800 •Betty Ewing, 204 Sirod, electrical repair, $1,950 •Christopher J. Washington, 231 Tammy Lane, roof, $4,800 •J. Below Trucking, 1720 Texas, grading permit, $5,000