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Mar 29, 2014 4:31 PM by AP

Decision expected on new college campus

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - A decision could be made in April on a new location for South Louisiana Community College's campus in St. Martinville.

Louisiana Community and Technical College System spokesman Quintin Taylor told The Daily Iberian  that the school is seeking a site to build a 36,000-square-foot building.

The college's current building is in disrepair and the cost to renovate it would be more than the expense of building a new campus, college officials have said.

Three sites are under consideration - two in St. Martinville and one in Breaux Bridge.

The decision will be made by the board that oversees the state technical college system, Taylor said.

"From what I understand, they are hopeful to make a decision within the next 30 days or so," Taylor said. "They make a decision, the recommendation is made to (the LCTCS) Board of Supervisors and the board and our system president will make a decision based on the recommendations."

Pellerin Life Insurance Co. is offering to donate 9 acres in Breaux Bridge, South Louisiana Community College spokeswoman Christine Payton said.

But St. Martinville Mayor Thomas Nelson wants to keep the campus inside the city and has offered a site near the old Martin Mill.

The land is owned by Levert Cos. and is about 30 acres, so the city should be able to acquire the acreage the college needs, Nelson said.

"Whatever it's going to take, we're definitely going to try to ensure that the school remains in St. Martinville," he said. "It's good for the community. The school will serve St. Martinville, Parks, Catahoula, Coteau Holmes and even Broussard."

Neither Payton nor Taylor had information about the third offer, other than that it is in St. Martinville.

College Chancellor Natalie Harder could not be reached for comment.

Construction of the new campus is expected to cost $9.2 million, Payton said.

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