RACELAND, La. — A recreation and community center near Raceland is expected to be completed by Aug. 28.

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph told The Daily Comet (http://bit.ly/1ch9Tzj) that it should improve the community’s quality of life.

The center in the Alidore community includes space for the Head Start Program, which provides low-income preschool student with classes, meals and health and social services.

Community services director Joni Tuck said only permits for occupation and day care are still to be obtained and she doesn’t expect a delay in opening.

The 4,000-square-foot center has an auditorium, recreational space and meeting rooms.

The $1 million project cost the parish about $200,000, with the rest of the money coming from grants.

Children attending the Lockport Head Start location will be moved to the center, which is on Louisiana Highway 3603.

Tuck said the building will serve multiple community needs.

“Our intention is that this facility will be used to enhance the sense of community and strengthen families in that area, which is why having Head Start as the anchor program there is such a good use of the space,” she said.

Tuck said programs through Head Start, Community Action, the Council on Aging and the recreation department are being discussed to help improve the area’s quality of life.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com