State officials inspected space at the Gretna Plaza office building Wednesday and are expected to approve the site as the home for an Office of Motor Vehicles location.
The new office would be at 1500 Lafayette St., a block south of the West Bank Expressway, and would replace a smaller one in Harvey, which is expected to close.
It’s not clear when the state will close that office, which is in a state building at 2150 West Bank Expressway, but Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant said she began working on finding a space in Gretna several months ago when she heard the Harvey office was going to be shut down.
“I’m just all about providing service to constituents,” she said. “It’s just another service our citizens will have easy access to.”
In addition to 15 state employees, the office will be staffed by two city officials, and the city will charge a fee of up to $6 per transaction.
The fee charged by municipalities typically has been lower, but the state recently decided to allow driver’s licenses to be renewed for six years instead of four years beginning next year, and the fees will increase accordingly, Constant said.
She said the office will open in roughly six months.
The only other OMV location on the West Bank is in Westwego’s City Hall building on Avenue A. The OMV location in Algiers closed in December 2012.