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Bell tower at Historic City Hall being replaced

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 2:29 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Work is underway to replace the bell tower at Historic City Hall.

City officials said it was cheaper to remove the roof of the bell tower and repair it once it was on the ground. It has been several months in the making, and now according to Hunter, the belfry is finally being restored.

“After hurricane Laura we had engineers, structural engineers and consultants go around and check all our buildings and there was some structural damage noticed to the belfry that was caused from the hurricane,” Mayor Nic Hunter said.

Hunter says 90 percent of the project is reimbursable by FEMA and is anticipated to be completed by fall 2022.

Exhibits will be open to the public inside Historic City Hall and locals are welcome to enjoy activities that will be going on during the upcoming weekends.

However, Hunter encourages everyone to exercise caution due to some areas that are cornered off.

“Once this immediate part is finished, the removal, the building will be reopened so even this upcoming weekend and as we approach the summer season, please don’t think that 1911 the Historic City Hall is not open to the general public we have some wonderful exhibits in there, we encourage people to visit,” Hunter said.

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