LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -The City of Sulphur plans to buy the old Kroger building downtown for $2.6 million dollars. The mayor says it would provide a new one-stop-shop for citizens to take care of city business.
The proposal comes up at the Sulphur City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Sulphur officials approached the Gathering Church at Highway 90 and Beglis Parkway, to see if there was any interest in selling.
Mayor Mike Danahay says the 46,000 square-foot building and land is ideal to consolidate city offices into a municipal complex.
"We have a unique opportunity to purchase the former Kroger building. It would give us the opportunity to consolidate all of our services under one roof for a one-stop-shop for our citizens in Sulphur. It’s centrally located. It’s located on two major thoroughfares. So, going forward, we think this will service the citizens of Sulphur better,” said Danahay.
The city and the church each had appraisals done. The city’s appraisal valued the land and building at about $2.2 million, while the church’s appraisal came in at $2.8 million.
Danahay says the city offered $2.6 million.
"I think it's an excellent deal going forward for the citizens of Sulphur," he said.
The complex would include all city offices except police, fire and public works.
“Water billing, permits, occupational license, ordinance enforcement, it will all be located in that building, as well as the marshal, the courthouse, city prosecutor’s office,” said Danahay. Some renovations would be needed, though no dollar amount has been given.
The talk of buying a building may call to mind the 2012 purchase of the Old Time Variety store for $475,000. It turned out, the building was in such bad shape, they tore it down several years after the purchase, but that was before Danahay was mayor.
The property is now used for parking during special events.
Introduction of an ordinance to authorize purchase of the property and to ratify the purchase agreement with Gathering People are on the council agenda for the 5:30 p.m. meeting on Monday, June 10. The purchase would get final approval July 8th after a public hearing.