Location of Commerce Park

The Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to recommend the City Council approve a request by a local developer to build a commercial park on Orice Roth Road, on property that had been the center of controversy more than two years ago.

Kenny Lambert, speaking Monday as the agent of developer Sonny Lamendola, said Lamendola is seeking to develop a portion of 18 acres he owns on Orice Roth Road as Commerce Park, a complex of offices, warehouses and commercial businesses.

The property was rezoned from residential to commercial in 2012 by the last Gonzales City Council as the potential site for an Emerson Process Management plant that refurbishes and remanufactures valves for industrial plants.

Several residents who lived in the area filed a lawsuit to have that zoning decision overturned, and Emerson has since built in a different location, in the Edenborne Development off La. 44, with the facility due to open soon.

City Clerk Clay Stafford said after Monday’s meeting that the lawsuit filed is not an injunctive lawsuit, seeking a court order on the matter, and that nothing has been done on the lawsuit since it was filed.

The property remains zoned C-2, a commercial zone that includes both retail and wholesale businesses.

The Planning and Zoning Commission also voted to recommend that the City Council approve a special-use permit request by Ora Jones to open Rosemond School of Phlebotomy at 1425 S. Purpera.

At an earlier meeting, Jones told the commission she plans to have nine students when the school first opens, tentatively in December, training them to draw blood from patients for medical testing.