DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) — Donaldsonville officials will ask the Legislature to fill a gap in funding next year so a long-planned city fire station can be built.

Fire Chief Chuck Montero tells The Advocate the city has accumulated $1.4 million for the station planned near La. Highway 3089, but early estimates based on square-footage have the new station costing closer to $1.9 million.

The station will replace the existing city station dating from 1960. Montero said the original estimate for the 9,400-square-foot station about a decade ago was based on construction costs of $150 per square foot.

He says costs are closer to $200 per square foot now.