Construction is set to begin Monday on a $1.4 million expansion and renovation of the Municipal Employees Retirement System of Louisiana’s office building.

The work will involve adding a new board room and a supply room to the property at 7937 Office Park Blvd. in Baton Rouge, along with replacing the roof on the existing building, refurbishing the exterior and adding parking spaces.

“We just outgrew the board room,” said Robert L. Rust, director of MERS. The organization added two board members over the past few years, so more space is needed for those participating in meetings and attendees, he said.

MERS was created 60 years ago to provide retirement benefits for employees of Louisiana cities, towns and villages.

Rust said the cost of adding the 4,200-square-foot expansion is about $1 million, while the refurbishments will cost about $400,000. “The good news is most of it is just one big meeting room, there are not a lot of offices,” he said.

The work should be completed by late September/early October, Rust said.

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