Courthouse celebrated; Peralta: “major post Katrina project completed”Apr 26th, 2013 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: Community
Although it’s been open for a little over a month, the newly renovated St. Bernard Parish Courthouse was
celebrated with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony on April 18.
“This was a major undertaking,” said Parish President Dave Peralta. “It has been extremely difficult finding
products and matching things. We were almost finished until Isaac struck and set us back another three months.”
FEMA funded the $14.5 million recovery project, and a representative from the agency called the courthouse rebuilding “a testament to the strength and resilience of the community.”
Landis Construction, Co., LLC and Beazley Moliere Architects worked on the new facility which houses the Office of the District Attorney, 34th Judicial District Judges from Divisions A-E, the Clerk of Court’s Office
and the Main Courtroom.
Architect Albert Moliere, a Chalmette High School graduate and former student of Superintendent Doris
Voitier, said it was a great feeling to see the building completed.
“They did a wonderful job,” said former Clerk of Court Lena Torres. And Torres may be the new courthouse’s toughest critic—she remembers moving into the building in spring of 1940, while she was a 19-year-old secretary.
“They added on to this; this hallway didn’t used to go down this far,” said a wide-eyed Torres, each step she
took seemed to evoke a memory of the former building.
Last November, the new $6 million Courthouse Square located just behind the historic courthouse building
was finally completed. It houses the assessor’s office, the public defender’s office and some sheriff’s personnel. It also has holding cells where up to 35 prisoners can await their court appearances.
President Peralta said the completion of this project was one of the final big pieces of the post-Katrina puzzle.
“This is something our community can be proud of, the centerpiece of the parish.”