City Hall preparing to install infrastructure for National Hurricane Museum

By By Eric Cormier / American Press

Fundraising efforts continue as Lake Charles City Hall prepares to install infrastructure for the anticipated building of the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center along the lakeshore.

The Lake Charles City Council will vote on which engineering firm will get the job to design the project at its Wednesday meeting.

City administrator John Cardone said grants will pay for this part of the project.

“Back in 2009 and 2010, the city applied to HUD (Housing and Urban Development) for a grant and obtained $392,000 for what was then going to be the Discovery Center,” he said.

An additional $237,500 was obtained for a total of $629,500.

“We are going to use that money to extend water and sewer lines from Lakeshore Drive to Bord du Lac Drive,” Cardone said.

The city has until 2015 to spend the money but wants to finish the work.

“It will serve the hurricane museum and provide services to other developments that go into that area near the Civic Center grounds,” he said.

A 12-inch water line and 12-inch gravity drainage line will be installed.

Cardone said this project shows the city’s commitment to seeing the multi-million dollar hurricane museum being built.

City Council members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

The state Legislature approved $5 million in funding for the museum in the 2012 session. The museum is on the capital budget.

Officials are trying to raise between $60 million and $70 million to develop the facility.