MORGAN CITY (AP) — Just 30 days from its projected completion, the brand-new Cajun Coast Visitors Center building in Morgan City is sinking into the swamp.
Cajun Coast Executive Director Carrie Stansbury said a painter was working in the building about 8:30 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a crack in a wall. The job’s foreman took a look at it, and then ordered all the workers out of the building.
“They have no idea what happened,” Stansbury told The Daily-Review (http://bit.ly/OLC7pr ).
Early reports from the scene indicate the building’s 75-foot pilings may have given way. The building appears to be sinking in the middle, and photos show water lilies at a level higher than the front door. By mid-afternoon, the building had sunk about 6 feet.
Stansbury said the building was scheduled to be completed July 15. The parking lot was a separate project and was due to be completed by the end of the year. She and other local officials had just completed a walk-through of the building Tuesday.
“It is very heart-wrenching to see what is happening to the building right now,” she said.
WAFB-TV reports police have since taped off the building as a safety precaution. Officers who approached the building said they could hear the building creaking.
The contractor overseeing the project is Laplace-based Aegis Construction Inc. with Washer Hill Lipscomb Cabanis Architects of Baton Rouge designing the project. The $3 million project has been under construction for about a year.
When finished it will serve as home for a new visitors’ center as well as the main offices for the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau.