Major Slidell construction projects nearly complete


Posted on August 29, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 10:42 PM

Doug Mouton / Northshore Bureau Chief

SLIDELL, La. -- On the sixth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Slidell leaders said, the city's rebuilding is nearly done.

Two major city buildings are now nearly finished, the Slidell Auditorium and the Slidell Center Center.

The auditorium is a $2.7 million project, paid for with FEMA money.

"It's looking great," said Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan.

With no significant construction delays, Drennan said he expects the auditorium to be finished before the end of the year.

The Slidell Senior Center is also close to completion.

"This building is spectacular," said Mary Toti, the director of the Council on Aging of St. Tammany. "This building is everything we would want for our seniors."

The $2.8 million project was paid for with FEMA money.

For six years now, Northshore seniors have moved from location to location, Toti said, "like gypsies."

By mid-January, she said, they hope to be serving meals to seniors in a state-of-the-art new facility.

"It took a long time to get it, but it's definitely going to be a wonderful environment for them," Toti said. "The six years have been so erratic at times that we get pulled off the main reason we're hear, which is to save the seniors."

There were no Katrina Memorial Services on the Northshore Monday, as both Drennan and St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis opted not to hold ceremonies.

"We've found our own way of dealing with it," Drennan said. "We've found our own personal way of handling what we went through."