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Jan 10, 2013 8:05 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Work on sunken tourism building begins; matter settled

Work has begun to fix the new Cajun Coast Welcome Center in Morgan City that sunk about five feet last summer. A settlement agreement between all parties has been signed. What caused the building to sink in June 2012 and who's to blame will not be revealed. "We do not have complete answers to those questions, and the information that we do have is privileged pursuant to the mediation process. The reason this matter has been resolved so quickly is because each of the parties agreed that the top priority was to fix the problem rather than to fix the blame," Attorney Gary McGoffin said in a letter to Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau Executive Director Carrie Stansbury.

Stansbury said she has signed a contract with Extreme House Movers, which specializes in foundation failure and buildings with a lot of tonnage. This week, the company started work to fix the foundation and building. It's expected to be finished by June or July.

Stansbury said it was important to quickly resolve the matter, and that's why it was resolved in less than seven months after the foundation failed. The parties agreed to pay the $3.3 million needed to elevate, reconstruct and finish the Welcome Center. Those involved in mediation include, the contractor, architects, engineers, soil engineers and the insurance company.

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