The New Llano Town Council at their Tuesday meeting tabled a decision to condemn several buildings.
Lee Marsalise, DeRidder High graduate, is the owner of three old barracks building along Route 171 which are at risk of condemnation.
He, however, is taking action to prevent this from happening.
Marsalise purchased these old barracks buildings about 20 years ago from Fort Polk.
The structures come with history, having been built in the 1940s during World War II. That plays a big part of Marsalise’s interest in preserving them.
Throughout the years since he has owned them, the old barracks have served many purposes. “We used them at one time as a Fed Ex building and American Travel Agency,” Marsalise said.
He believes these old barracks buildings are worth saving, not only for their potential for rental, but because they are built from virgin yellow long leaf pine wood. “It would cost a fortune to build these today,” he said. “Today they are made out of particle board. It just doesn’t hold up like this pine.”
With some help, he has been making repairs, painting, and cleaning up. “We are working to meet the requirements, to bring them up to code,” Marsalise said.
He said he painted each building a different color to make them look more modern– slate blue, mustard yellow, and sap green.
Next to these buildings is a fourth, not a barracks, which is being used as a church. Marsalise said several members of the church are helping out with repairs.
Engineer Jim Verzwyvelt’s office provides an inspector who will assess the issues for each building at risk of condemnation. The owners are given a list and they will either fix the issues or it will be condemned.