LIVINGSTON — A new warehouse distribution center south of the town of Livingston could bring another 140 jobs to Livingston Parish.
The 140,000-square-foot facility will be located just off La. 63, immediately north of the site where EPIC Piping will build a $45.3 million advanced pipe fabrication plant and national headquarters.
Brian Aguillard, of B.M. Aguillard & Associates engineering firm, said Wednesday the warehouse project is in the early stages, with building plans not yet finalized.
The developer, Raymond E. Heck, of Heck Bros. 63 LLC, is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to disclose the name of the beverage company that will operate the distribution center. But Aguillard said the business will provide daily distribution of bottled products to area stores.
The preliminary site plans, approved Wednesday by the parish Planning Commission, call for about 150 employee parking spaces, 90 percent of which are expected to be filled, Aguillard said.
With the increased development along the town’s southern border, Livingston officials plan to build a second water tower nearby. Engineer Eddie Aydell, of Alvin Fairburn & Associates, said that project could be put out for bid in about a month.
Aguillard said EPIC and Heck may want to donate to that effort, but plans for the distribution center also include a detention pond to supply water for the warehouse facility’s sprinkler system.
The plans also call for 35-foot eaves, causing some concerns for parish Fire Protection District 7, which would have to buy a ladder truck to maintain its fire rating if the district gained too many buildings of that height or greater, Planning Commission Chairman Joe Koczrowski said.
Aguillard said the developer is willing to work with the district to adjust the eaves height as needed.
In other business, the Planning Commission approved preliminary site plans for a new development in the Carlton Oaks subdivision off Eden Church Road near Denham Springs.
Owners of the site for the proposed 25,000-square-foot building, named Tuscany Technology Business Park, are in negotiations with a “technology-type business” looking to locate in the area, Aydell said.
The addition to Carlton Oaks will require building a road across the Canadian National Railway line — a prospect that drew questions from Commissioner Gerald Burns, who said the railroad company has been looking to close, rather than create, crossings in the parish.
Aydell acknowledged that Canadian National avoids new crossings “like the plague.” But building another crossing is the only way for owner-developer Carlton Roberts to access the 28-acre tract where the business park will be built, Aydell said.
Roberts explored every other alternative, including going to court against a neighbor over whether the neighbor would have to provide access across his property, Aydell said.
“The judge said the most direct way was through Mr. Carlton’s own property, across the CN,” Aydell said.
Aydell said if Roberts is successful in getting a permit for the crossing, he will have to erect gates and lights at a considerable cost.
The crossing would be part of Truman Roberts Place, a road slated to be built as part of the second filing for Carlton Oaks, at the end of Carlton Roberts Boulevard and just west of Irene Kennard Avenue.
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