Not every traffic study is created equal; Ascension Parish looking for one with a keener eye _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DAVID J. MITCHELL -- Traffic on La. 73 waits Friday, June 12, 2015, for the light to change at Airline Highway in Prairieville. The state Department of Transportation and Development has been working on widening La. 73 to three lanes for several years at a cost of $15.5 million. Parish Councilman Daniel "Doc" Satterlee has noted that years of developer-sponsored traffic impact studies for subdivisions built along La. 73 anticipated no impact from those projects.

King’s Marble & Granite, a Gretna-based company, has purchased a 2.32-acre site off Airline Highway in Prairieville for a showroom and distribution center.

The company paid $789,000 for the land along the service road at the intersection of Airline and Post Office Road, said Bill Jeansonne of Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate. Jeansonne represented the buyer and the seller, B&C Matthews Property 1.

King’s Marble sells marble to household and commercial clients. The company is moving into a 9,000-square-foot space currently occupied by WorkSite Lighting and Power Solutions. WorkSite is resizing and looking for a new location in the Prairieville area.

Musa Hamed, one of the owners of King’s Marble, said the company has had clients in metro Baton Rouge for a while now. “We were looking for property before the flood,” he said.

Hamed said he expects the Prairieville location to open in about a month and a half. The company will have about three employees to start, but Hamed expects six to seven people will be working out the office by the end of the year. King’s Marble has just under 30 employees in Gretna.

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