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Ascension breaks ground on new government complex today

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GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension Parish broke ground on a new governmental complex Wednesday morning.

The goal is to have more offices under the same roof. Prep work began about two weeks ago, but the official ribbon cutting began at 9:00 a.m.

The new complex is being constructed on Worthy St., across form East Ascension High School. The one story building was originally designed to be 33,000 square ft., but was scaled down to between 20,000 and 30,000 to accommodate the budget. Leaders hope all parish groups will eventually operate from that spot.

According to the chief administrator for the parish, the 6.4 million dollar building is paid for even thought the walls haven't started to go up.

"There was five million dollars when this hospital left," Ken Dawson explains. "That amount was given to the parish to start the process."

The remaining dollars come from an industrial tax incentive that wasn't claimed. That money went back to the parish so it's being used for the rest of the payment.There will still be room for expansion when the building is completed so more governmental groups can move there in the future.

We'll have more later today on WBRZ News 2.


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