PACE Center to be named after Price LeBlanc after family donates $1.5 million

“On behalf of the City of Gonzales, our city council and our community, I want to thank the LeBlanc family for this generous offer ($1.5 million) and unprecedented donation to the City of Gonzales for the construction of our new Performing Arts, Conference and Events (PACE) Center,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux welcomed the progeny of the legendary Price LeBlanc.  “The PACE Center has been a dream of city leadership for a long time and we are very happy that it is finally coming true.  We couldn’t be more thrilled that it will bear the name of such a great friend and benefactor to our community.”

PACE Center’s projected cost is $10 million. The center will be in the heart of an exciting new development, Heritage Crossing, itself sited in the heart of the city at the intersection of Hwy 30 and Hwy 44.

Artist rendering of the Price LeBlanc PACE Center

Anticipated to be another economic engine for Gonzales, “PACE Center will be a tremendous asset to enhance the quality of life for citizens throughout the region,” claimed the mayor who ticked off a list of potential events:

“We expect to have concerts, plays, dance performances, pageants, symphonies, choirs, training seminars, industry meetings and trade shows; even weddings and family events hosted at this new centerpiece of our community.”

Approximately 25,000 sq. ft., the center will be “the core anchor” of Heritage Crossing.  Final design should be complete by the end of 2020 with groundbreaking early in 2021.

City officials with members of the LeBlanc family, and a big check.  LeBlanc family members include V. Price LeBlanc, Jr., Mrs. V. Price LeBlanc, Brent LeBlanc, Nancy LeBlanc Bondy, Charles A. Bondy, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Fortenberry.

Price LeBlanc, Jr. was on hand with numerous other family members.

“Our announcement today is to honor the memory of our father in a way that simply continues the long legacy he had of making positive contributions and giving back to the community he that he loved so much,” LeBlanc, Jr. said; crediting “my brother-in-law, Charles Bondy, for bringing this opportunity to the family.”

Also present was Clay Stafford, former Gonzales City Clerk and President of DD of Louisiana.  The company, owned by Ronnie Daigle and Vance Daigle, is developing Heritage Crossing.

“Every member of our ownership team is from Gonzales and we view Heritage Crossing as a ‘legacy project;” the project for which we want to be remembered by our friends and neighbors.  The PACE Center is integral to that vision, a vision embodied in the name, ‘Price LeBlanc.’  It’s an honor to be part of this ceremony and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Gonzales, and the LeBlanc family,” Stafford addressed attendees.

Construction is “about to kick off” with building of road infrastructure.