It's been nearly seven years since storm winds from Hurricane Rita blew down and ruined the entrance sign to Bastrop's Coulter Industrial Park.
While officials still hope to replace that missing void in the near future, a semi-permanent replacement has gone up at the site.
A few days ago a 5-foot by 10-foot with the words “Industrial Park” was erected in the middle of the property, thanks to the Morehouse Economic Development Corp.
Its director, Kay King, approached the Bastrop Mayor and Board of Aldermen at its October board meeting.
King said Bastrop Mayor Betty Alford-Olive gave the green light for the offering. The city is a member of the organization that works to promote new businesses in the parish.
“You assume that people driving by know what the place is but … advertising is a good thing,” King said.
In fact, King noted that the meeting's discussion on the matter may have drawn a potential new tenant to the park.
King said she received an inquiry about space from a prospective tenant who was watching the meeting on its local television broadcast.
MEDCO contracted with local sign company, Shelby Carter Signs, for the work.
Bastrop Mayor Betty Alford-Olive said that having the new sign is “quite helpful.”
Getting a new sign to replace the large one remains in the mix of plans, she said, to improve, expand and market the park.
The city is seeking help from the state's Economic Development Administration to foster 35-acre, and other sized acre lots for new industries.
It's also, along with the Morehouse Parish Police Jury, lobbying help from the La. department of transportation to improve the entrance at the park and has been trying for over three years to get a much needed traffic light at the intersection of East Madison and Marlatt Street.