Zachary council hears weather delays work on Americana

Developer Robert Daigle told the City Council on Tuesday that construction of the Americana project is “happening right now,” although work has been delayed two or three months because of the weather.

The first phase of the 413-acre mixed-use development on La. 64 and Barnett Road includes the $11 million YMCA and a $1.4 million “town hall” as well as residential housing. The YMCA is expected to open in August, and residents should begin moving into homes and condominiums by November.

After the developer’s presentation, council members voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the cooperative endeavor agreement between the city and Daigle Americana.

The change gives the development company another year to connect walking trails with the BREC land on one side of the development.

The council also unanimously approved construction of the town hall, called Pointe at Americana. Daigle said the building will have both indoor and outdoors spaces and could be used for civic events, weddings, concerts and farmers markets.

A 2-cent sales tax on businesses located in the Americana development will go toward paying for certain public use projects, including a traffic roundabout, public landscaping and sewer and drainage improvements.

The council made clear that any other projects in the development, including the town hall, could receive only 1 cent of the 2-cent sales tax revenues generated in Americana.

Other business coming before the council included:

SEWER PROJECT: The council voted unanimously to table a $116,000 payment to contractor Grady Crawford for sewer work in the city.

The council heard complaints from residents of the neighborhood around Jane Marie Street about faulty replacement driveways, inadequate lawn restorations and other problems linked to the project.

The mayor asked anyone having similar difficulties related to the sewer work to call the city at (225) 654-0287.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: The council unanimously agreed to consider a proposed ordinance to make it illegal to try to sell emergency supplies such as sandbags and tarps provided to residents by the city. Offenders could receive 80 hours of community service.

MOBILE HOMES: The council voted unanimously to consider another proposed ordinance that would allow changes to the city’s unified development code regarding manufactured homes.

The goal is to clarify the definitions of prefabricated houses and manufactured homes and where and under what circumstances they will be allowed in Zachary, city attorney John Hopewell said.