Public library in Lutcher getting major overhaul

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2011

By Baileigh Rebowe


LAPLACE – The St. James Parish Library headquarters in Lutcher is currently undergoing $2.18 million in major renovations scheduled for completion by the middle of next year.

The library first opened in 1971.

District 2 Councilman Jason Amato said the building has been there since he was little.

“There’s really nothing specifically wrong with it,” said Amato. “It’s just time.”

The existing building is being remodeled with new insulated metal panel walls and aluminum storefront membrane roofing, according to parish spokesperson Melissa Wilkins.

The electrical and plumbing system are being updated as well as the telephone and data utilities.

A new drainage system and expanded parking areas are included in the project.

The contractor, Picou Brothers Construction from Gonzales, will also be adding an additional 320 square feet to the existing garage, which houses a mobile reading van, “the Bookmobile.”

“I think the improvements we’re making now will serve our residents for many years to come,” said Amato.

The council approved the budget of $2.2 million for renovations in December of last year.

The library will remain open during construction.

It is located at 1876 W. Main St. in Lutcher across from Lutcher High School.