- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. (AP) - Groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday for a new 36,000-square-foot Plaquemines Parish government complex.

The old courthouse in Pointe-a-la-Hache was burned down in 2002 by a man trying to destroy evidence in pending criminal cases.

Officials say restoration has been completed on the original courthouse facade and bell tower.

The new building is phase 3 of the complex, and its site is cleared and prepared. It will hold two courtrooms, Parish Council chambers, and other parish offices.

Contractor Lamar Construction LLC began work in October. It’s expected to finish in July 2018.

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