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Brothers have no plans to reopen historic plant

PASCAGOULA — The brothers who own the Pascagoula Ice and Freezer Co. say they have no plans to reopen the site, which burned in February.

The Sun Herald reports the business is owned by three brothers, Andre, Warren and David Gautier.

Andre Gautier moved the shrimp-processing segment to Mobile, Ala. Warren Gautier retired, and David Gautier is looking at other options.

The brothers are taking bids on demolition of the building’s northern part, where processing, warehousing and loading were sited.

The structure takes up most of a block on Pascagoula Street near U.S. 90.

The most architecturally distinctive portion of the building is the office area on the south end, built in 1903. It is the earliest example of Mission and Spanish colonial revival architecture in Pascagoula and one of the older examples in the state, according to the state Department of Archives and History.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

David Gautier said this week it would take a fortune to get the office portion of the building up to city building code since the fire. Both the plumbing and electrical are very old, he said.

The ice house has been in the Gautier family for at least three generations.

“It’s a sad day,” Warren Gautier said. “I’ve been going there for 60 years.”

Even with the business closed, Warren and David Gautier still go to the office. They’re trying to decide what to do.

“We haven’t sat down and had a heart-to-heart with the city,” Warren Gautier said. He said the family can’t afford to restore the building.

“We just hope that something can be done to retain, particularly, the office part of the building,” said Pascagoula historian Liz Ford.

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