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Landmark & Heritage Meeting Minutes – April 2021

MINUTES OF THE BRUSLY LANDMARK & HERITAGE COMMISSION
April 19, 2021

A meeting of the Brusly Landmark and Heritage Commission was held on Monday April 19, 2121, at Brusly Town Hall, Brusly, Louisiana.  Chairman Rills called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Commissioner Bourgeois led the Pledge of Allegiance.  A roll call determined the following:

Commission Chairman:                      Jim Rills
Commission Members Present:          Billy Bourgeois, Margaret Canella, Edward Dupuy, Henry Soniat
Commission Members Absent:          Rose Jackson, Shirley Jordan,
Advisory Members Present:               None
Advisory Members Absent:               Scarlet Callicoatte, Brian Falcon, Billy Hebert
Others present:                                   Joanne Bourgeois

Upon motion by Commissioner Canella; seconded by Commissioner Bourgeois, the minutes of the  January 25, 2021, meeting were unanimously approved as written.

Landmark Plaque Applications:
Ms. Joanne Bourgeois narrated a slide presentation accompanying Landmark Plaque applications for the following homes:

  • 2101 Allene Street – built circa 1961 (currently owned by Robert J. Hebert III);
  • 609 Lee Drive – built in 1969 (currently owned by Susan H. Hunt);

Upon the conclusion of the presentation, a motion to recommend the homes to the Town Council as Landmark Plaque recipients was made by Commissioner Bourgeois; seconded by Commissioner Canella.  The motion passed unanimously.

Former Landmark Site Applications:
Ms. Joanne Bourgeois narrated a slide presentation accompanying a Former Landmark Site application for 142 N. Vaughan Dr.  The plantation was situated on a 107- acre Spanish land grant originally given to Daniel Benoit.  Alexander Esnard owned the entire tract by 1816 through two purchases and was most likely the builder of “Benoit House” based on construction evidence.  Thompson Bird purchased the property upon his marriage to Esnard’s daughter in 1840.  William Gassie Sr. purchased the house in 1881, and it was acquired by his son, William Gassie Jr. upon his death.  It was purchased in 1919 by Greek immigrants, James and Nick Hanjaras, during which time the house was partially leased to tenants.  The house was mostly demolished in the late 1930s.  The three ground floor rooms survived the Hanjaras brothers demolition to become a smaller home; the structure was later converted to storage for a store constructed at the rear of the house in the 1960s. The entire length of the property has long been subdivided.  The property on which the house was located was purchased by Raed Ashour in 2021.

Other Business:
A tentative date and time of June 27th at 3:30pm was set to hold a Landmark Plaque Ceremony.

Public Comment:  None

A motion was made by Commissioner Bourgeois to adjourn; seconded by Commissioner Canella.  The motion passed with a unanimous vote. Commission Chairman Rills adjourned the meeting at 7:04 PM

/s/Patricia Gaudet Thibodaux, Secretary

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