D'Iberville Development Booming

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 1/02 7:20 pm
This year, expansion looks to continue. According to the United States Commerce Department, spending in construction in the U.S. increased one percent in November or just over 900 billion dollars. The city of D'Iberville is a small part of that number and with a five year plan being worked on, that construction doesn't look like it will slow down anytime soon. D'Iberville has officially been a city since 2008, but since then, its growth and expansion has been massive. Bobby Eleuterius, the City Manager of D’Iberville, says, "You know you’re talking about 2,500 new jobs with the Galeria and probably another twelve to fifteen hundred new jobs with the new casino, so you’re looking at about 4,000 new jobs coming into the city and we call that our second growth period. We had a growth period in the past and this is our second growth period and we are preparing for those issues." According to the Eleuterius, population has grown by about 5,000 in three years. This explosion of population has allowed the city to continue to develop and expand northward. Jeff Taylor, the City Manager of D’Iberville, says, "A lot of the new housing right now is focused around the area near the new high school and the newly annexed portion of the city, however with the presence of the casino announcing we’re hoping that becomes a driver of re-development housing in the downtown area to go along with the casino jobs." Eleuterius says the main concern right now is funding for the additional projects. He says that a five year plan is being formed to tackle those funding issues.

Eleuterius says, "We have a lot of projects going on right now, so we are going to sit down with the mayor and figure out exactly what these projects cost and then we’re going to find the revenue sdtream to pay for these things." City officials believe these new construction projects will help further development in the areas around them. A few other projects going on in D'Iberville are the construction of a new fire station, a brand new sports complex, and 600 new homes.
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