Former Long Beach senior building being renovated into retail and office space

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - An old building in the City of Long Beach is getting new life. New Orleans developer De La Tour Holdings LLC is turning the former Long Beach senior center into an office and retail space.

The former Long Beach Senior building on Jeff Davis Avenue was left vacant after Hurricane Katrina. That is until the owner of De La Tour Holdings, Billy Legier and his father decided to take a chance on the building. Now the 5,000 square foot building is being renovated into retail and office spaces.

We saw what Long Beach had done after the storm, after Katrina with their streetscape, which is fantastic. It's arguably, as far as we're concerned, the best outcome that we've seen along the Gulf Coast," Legier said.

Legier says the building is flexible space and could take a minimum of two tenants or a maximum of five.

With each space averaging approximately 700 to 3,500 square feet the renovation process is expected to take anywhere from four to five months. This project has city leaders eager to be able to offer residents more shopping and dining opportunities.

"The Legier family is a huge asset to the city. They saw the potential. They saw what we did after Katrina and they saw how fast we rebuilt and along with the town green and other areas in the city. It's soo important that we bring our retail business back into our city for revenue," Long Beach Alderman Gary Ponthieux said.

"We are looking for retailers, experienced retailers. Whether it be a restaurant type use or boutique or jewelry store, book store, really anyone who has interest in being in Long Beach. It's a great market for retail and we're happy to help bring that back to Jeff Davis," Legier said.

By it's anticipated completion date set for March of this year, city leaders and Legier are confident they'll be able to give people a reason to do business in Long Beach.

The Legier family also owns another building on Jeff Davis Avenue and they have a development in Pass Christian as well. There are still spaces available at their newest development on Jeff Davis Avenue. To learn more call 504-330-3863.

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