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Oct 16, 2013
New facility will house parish offices and serve as evacuation shelter during emergencies
LULING – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal marked the opening of the new 30,000-square-foot Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling. The building will be home to parish offices, public meeting space and will serve as a parish evacuation shelter in the event of an emergency.
The facility is named in honor of the late Edward Dufresne Sr. and his son Judge Edward Dufresne Jr., both lifelong residents of Luling. Edward Dufresne Sr. was prominent in the agricultural industry and owner of Esperanza Plantation, the oldest continuously operating sugarcane plantation in St. Charles Parish. His son Judge Dufresne Jr. devoted his life to public service as a clerk of court and judge.
Governor Jindal said, “This brand new building will help improve the quality of life for people in St. Charles and will play a key role in this area during emergencies. The center will be able to withstand winds of up to 130 mph and is equipped with generators to protect our people during a storm. I’m proud to mark the opening of this community center to honor the lives of Edward Dufresne Sr. and his son Judge Edward Dufresne Jr.”
The new center will house St. Charles Parish offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the Department of Community Services. The center also includes a full commercial kitchen and a parking lot for over 270 vehicles.
The total cost of the new community center is $12.3 million, which is made up of funding from state and federal grants as well as local funding from St. Charles Parish.