Apr 3, 2013 11:03 PM by Erin Steuber
The Town of Delcambre has been without a grocery store since Hurricane Rita in 2005. But change, and a store could be coming.
The corner of Dooley Street and LA-14 remains empty, but the foundation is still there, where Champagne's Super Market once was before Rita washed it away.
"One of the problems in having a grocery store come back was the cost to elevate," said Delcambre Elevation Project Committee Member Wendell Verrett. "So from the recovery funds that were provided after Hurricane Gustav and Ike, the parish set aside funds that would go to that purpose."
Now, the Iberia Parish Council is accepting proposals from developers, retailers and grocers to develop an elevated retail complex, anywhere in the Iberia Parish portion of Delcambre. In return, the winning proposal will receive $955,000 to help offset their costs.
"You can talk to almost anyone in town and they'll tell you we need a grocery store," said Verrett. "I mean there are other businesses that have popped up but they're just not filling the need. It's the basic needs of living from day to day, is having a grocery store instead of driving 5-10 miles away."
It's called The Delcambre Elevation Project, and the committee is hoping to have all proposals by June 20th. At that point they will be recommending one proposal to the parish council, who will then choose the winner.
"It's not a cookie cutter project. It's very unique, and it's very central to the recovery of the Delcambre community and their economy," said Verrett.
The hope is to have construction begin in September.