Donaldsonville’s Lessard Street row houses getting makeover

Staff Report
Last week, Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan marked the beginning of a reconstruction project in the city’s historic district by awarding a Certificate of Appropriateness. Shown, from left, are Doris Hall, Tenetian LaFarrah Hall, and Mayor Sullivan.

A row of historic houses on Lessard Street in Donaldsonville will be revamped.

A number of investors plan to revitalize the structures as rental properties, according to the City of Donaldsonville’s Director of Community and Economic Development Lee Melancon.

Tenetian LaFarrah Hall, owner of 618 Lessard St., has proposed a complete restoration of the property. 

The row houses are located at the corner of Lessard and Williams streets.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan, in conjunction with the city’s Historic District Commission, awarded a Certificate of Appropriateness to Hall in recognition of the reconstruction project. 

Quest Construction, a locally owned contractor company owned by Tyler LeBeouf, has begun work.

Melancon said the historic row houses on Lessard Street have been identified as “endangered,” and further restorations in the area are forthcoming.