Planning fee OKs plans for Amazon-linked distribution middle at Cortana Mall


BATON ROUGE – Plans to demolish and change the nearly-shuttered Cortana Mall with a distribution middle of a developer with shut ties to Amazon, have yet one more hurdle left to clear.

The East Baton Rouge Planning Fee on Monday accepted plans for the two.8 million sq. foot warehouse, proposed by developer Seefried Industrial Properties, Inc.

“You had a dying mall, and now it is going to be, hopefully, a thriving employment hub, which actually helps to stabilize the world,” Mathew Laborde of Elifin Realty mentioned.

Elifin Realty represents the undeveloped property surrounding Cortana that sits exterior of distribution middle plans.

Laborde says not solely will the challenge draw new curiosity to the world, but in addition present a lift to these companies already up and working close to the as soon as full of life mall.

“It means extra visitors. It means extra lunchtime inhabitants, extra folks consuming on the eating places, extra folks purchasing after work,” Laborde mentioned. “For folks, for the land that is round there, it means much more curiosity.”

Since information broke of plans to revitalize the mall web site, and phrase surrounding Amazon unfold, Laborde says he is acquired a number of presents on a number of the 22 acres of undeveloped property that encompass Cortana.

Even earlier than the challenge reaches fruition, it is already garnered loads of consideration, and Laborde believes the world, not too long ago accustomed to empty storefronts and closures, may quickly see the alternative.

“I believe you are going to see extra service-oriented institutions,” Laborde mentioned. “So extra eating places for folks to eat. Extra automotive washes, possibly a fuel station. All to cater to the staff that might be on the facility.”

The realm, as soon as thought of previous its prime, may quickly be buzzing once more ought to the Metro Council approve two rezoning requests. Laborde says the number of the Cortana web site, with massive shops like Lowe’s and Walmart anchoring the world, for a distribution middle wasn’t an accident.

“It sits on the intersection of a number of the most closely traveled thoroughfares available in the market,” Laborde mentioned. “It is obtained the infrastructure in place that they search for already.”

The Metro Council will maintain a public listening to earlier than voting on the 2 rezoning requests for the positioning at a particular assembly Wednesday afternoon.

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