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Parish Officials Held a Groundbreaking Today for the Old Arabi Streetscape Project Phase 2

The project is scheduled to be completed before May 2022.

Photo Courtesy of S.B.P.G.

Contributed by St. Bernard Parish Government

The Old Arabi Streetscape Improvements Project Phase 2 consists of improvements along St. Claude Ave. and N. Peters St. in Arabi and was designed by Linfield, Hunter and Junius Engineering Consultants and will be constructed by LA Contracting Enterprise, LLC.

The project is funded by CDBG funds, with a construction cost of $976,460.00.

The project is scheduled to be completed before May 2022.

On hand for the ribbon cutting was Parish President Guy McInnis, Brian Kilgen and Tim Curnutt with LA Contracting Enterprises, LLC, Alberta Pate with the Louisiana Office of Community Development, Councilmembers Gillis McCloskey and Kerri Callais and Mark Annino with Linfield Hunter and Junius.


The streetscape improvement project will be located in Arabi, La., along St. Claude Avenue and North Peters Street.

The proposed improvements to be located on St. Claude Avenue include:

  construction of a parking area between Mehle Street and Tenebrach Street;

  construction of new concrete sidewalks;

  installation of planted bioswales and landscaped islands;

  installation of pedestrian-scale street lighting;

  construction of a new bus shelter.

The proposed improvements to be located on N. Peters Street include:

  installation of new concrete sidewalks;

  installation of pedestrian-scale lighting;

  landscaping and installation of new bioswales;

  relocation of utilities from overhead lines to underground duct banks;

  construction to widen Mehle Avenue to create angled parking spaces for 16 cars in the middle of the street.

In addition to the streetscape improvements, two nearby plots of land will be purchased. The first plot is on Hernandez Street from Pontalba Street to Bienvenue Street. The second plot is on Bienvenue Street from Hernandez Street to Aycock Street. This space will be used for parish events, such as festivals and farmer’s markets.

To complete these improvements entirely, the SBPG is using funds provided by the Louisiana Office of Community Development (LAOCD) under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program as administered under SBPG in the amount of $3,050,000.

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