Gonzales to build basketball gym on Darla Avenue

Word of Faith Outreach Ministries

The City of Gonzales’ next budget will include $160,000 to purchase four acres behind Word of Faith Outreach Ministries at 1420 S Darla Ave where a basketball gym will be built.  That is according to an agenda item at the most recent meeting of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday where CAO Scot Byrd added that funds necessary for land clearing will be appropriated for the 2019-20 fiscal year which begins in June.

“Councilman Harold Stewart has been a driving force behind the gym,” Byrd said after Monday’s Planning/Zoning meeting.  “His recent meetings with Congressman Garret Graves could bring grant monies to the city in furtherance of this project.”

According to Councilman Stewart “the chances of Gonzales receiving that federal grant are improved greatly if we build a multi-use facility.”

“We’re in the early stages, and still considering all options,” Stewart added.  “The project is going forward in any event because our citizens have expressed a strong desire for it.”

Councilman Harold Stewart (second from left)

Design and engineering has yet to be undertaken.  Total costs are projected between $2-3 million.

“We’ve got a lot of details to work out,” Scot Byrd conceded, “but the facility is going to be built with or without grant funding.”

This comes on the heels of Ascension’s Parish Council approving $3 million to build a separate and distinct gym at Lamar Dixon Expo Center…

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