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Thanks! I was wondering why I couldn't get the picture to show.

Double huh? I was trying to guess at how tall the mall is.

Edit: Using  linear measurements and streetview pics from google I calculated the service portion sitting on top of Dillard's is ~51' and the JCPenny facade is ~60'.  So yeah, that  new building will rise high.

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After extensive research, I was able to procure the "BEFORE" photos.       But lucky for you, I was able to locate this gif of richyb83 trying to score pictures o

The Baton Rouge area would do well to start identifying and zoning sites for regional distribution centers of up to 1,000,000 square feet (at least 3-4 locations like this)- preferably located near zo

OH the Pecan Pie at Picadilly was legit.   As was the red beans and rice!    Now that Cortana is gone, I think the best Picadilly is the one on Essen, followed by the one on Florida, then the one on S

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THANKS Dan for those measurements!  It was a conservative guess w/o wanting to go too high...sounds right 25 -30' feet tall per tall per floor of anchor  department stores Shopping Mall.

The massive Amazon structure slated to be 90 feet might be equal  to  6 or 7 story office building....

 

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The Baton Rouge area would do well to start identifying and zoning sites for regional distribution centers of up to 1,000,000 square feet (at least 3-4 locations like this)- preferably located near zoning that can facilitate truck stops and OTR truck related infrastructure.   

Where Amazon goes, other retailers like WalMart, Lowes and Target often show up with new e-commerce focused DC's very quickly.    Something like this but without the rail connections and larger sites for bigger DC footprints might be exactly what we need now.   As close to I-10/I-12 as possible.    Maybe that means the area around the airport, or perhaps Livingston Parish.   

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I'm saying there will be demand for things like this in the Baton Rouge-Hammond-Lafayette area very soon. Did you know? Lowe's new fulfillment center can house 22 football fields |  Lowe's Corporate  

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The better prepared Baton Rouge can be in attracting these things, the more likely it gets those jobs for unskilled labor.    IMO the La/415/I-10 area in Port Allen,  the area around I-110/Airline, or the area around  around Choctaw/Central Thruway in Baton Rouge would be the ideal location, as they are very close to a lot of potential workers, the highways, the airport, and are mostly suitable for massive sprawling buildings like this.

It might be worth the BRAC/Parish leadership approaching Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. and offering to help build access roads or sort out drainage if they are willing to locate large DC's in the area.  

 

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The Baton Rouge area would do well to start identifying and zoning sites for regional distribution centers of up to 1,000,000 square feet (at least 3-4 locations like this)- preferably located near zoning that can facilitate truck stops and OTR truck related infrastructure.   
Where Amazon goes, other retailers like WalMart, Lowes and Target often show up with new e-commerce focused DC's very quickly.    Something like this but without the rail connections and larger sites for bigger DC footprints might be exactly what we need now.   As close to I-10/I-12 as possible.    Maybe that means the area around the airport, or perhaps Livingston Parish.   
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I'm saying there will be demand for things like this in the Baton Rouge-Hammond-Lafayette area very soon. lowes-dfc_0.jpeg  
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The better prepared Baton Rouge can be in attracting these things, the more likely it gets those jobs for unskilled labor.    IMO the La/415/I-10 area in Port Allen,  the area around I-110/Airline, or the area around  around Choctaw/Central Thruway in Baton Rouge would be the ideal location, as they are very close to a lot of potential workers, the highways, the airport, and are mostly suitable for massive sprawling buildings like this.
It might be worth the BRAC/Parish leadership approaching Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. and offering to help build access roads or sort out drainage if they are willing to locate large DC's in the area.  
 
I agree, Cajun. I hope the entire south Louisiana region can work together to best prepare for this investment and prepare our citizens to fulfill the employment requirements. I think West BR, Livingston, Tangipahoa, and St. Tammany could benefit the most. But I would imagine the state would have go get serious about another bridge.

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15 hours ago, Antrell Williams said:

I agree, Cajun. I hope the entire south Louisiana region can work together to best prepare for this investment and prepare our citizens to fulfill the employment requirements. I think West BR, Livingston, Tangipahoa, and St. Tammany could benefit the most. But I would imagine the state would have go get serious about another bridge.

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Yep. 

I honestly think the lack of a bridge in Plaquemine oddly makes West Baton Rouge (along LA1 or LA415) and north Baton Rouge (Howell/Airport/US61  area) particularly appealing because sites in those areas can be approached easily by either of the existing two bridges depending on traffic or time of day.  That's likely why Amazon went with LA415/I-10 for their sorting center, and Cortana for their fulfillment center.   Unfortunately there's probably less than a dozen suitable sites that can support 1,000,000+ square foot centers in those areas given the recent developments there in the recent past like Coca-Cola, Criterion, Amazon, Katoen Natie, and those damn solar farms.   

You'd be surprised at how many available plots in West Baton Rouge are bisected by pipelines or are locked behind a railroad crossing.    There are a lot of options, but it's not as wide open as you'd think.

I can't understate how frustrated I am by the lack of focus at BTR airport.   This is their moment to attract freight cargo, and they are still sort flat footed.   They need another 1,000 ft of runway now.

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I honestly think the lack of a bridge in Plaquemine oddly makes West Baton Rouge (along LA1 or LA415) and north Baton Rouge (Howell/Airport/US61  area) particularly appealing because sites in those areas can be approached easily by either of the existing two bridges depending on traffic or time of day.  That's likely why Amazon went with LA415/I-10 for their sorting center, and Cortana for their fulfillment center.   Unfortunately there's probably less than a dozen suitable sites that can support 1,000,000+ square foot centers in those areas given the recent developments there in the recent past like Coca-Cola, Criterion, Amazon, Katoen Natie, and those damn solar farms.   
You'd be surprised at how many available plots in West Baton Rouge are bisected by pipelines or are locked behind a railroad crossing.    There are a lot of options, but it's not as wide open as you'd think.
I can't understate how frustrated I am by the lack of focus at BTR airport.   This is their moment to attract freight cargo, and they are still sort flat footed.   They need another 1,000 ft of runway now.
Are you saying the sites are appealing because there is enough connectivity with the I-10 and 190 bridges?

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9 hours ago, Antrell Williams said:

Are you saying the sites are appealing because there is enough connectivity with the I-10 and 190 bridges?

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Yeah - it's oddly one of the only places where it makes sense in the whole metro area because it's relatively easy to get to either bridge.   You aren't reliant on one or the other so much.

 

Maybe they'll surprise us and redevelop the old Belmont site into a huge DC (although I think it's too small for that).   Easy access to the airport from there, and inbound/outbound trucks can take either the US190 bridge or the I-10 bridge fairly easily depending on traffic reports.  

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The Amazon effect: Strip center at Florida and N. Sherwood Forest sells for $1.6M

After more than six years on the market, a retail strip center at the intersection of North Sherwood Forest and Florida boulevards anchored by a long-shuttered Albertsons supermarket has sold for $1.6 million, or a little more than $4.50 per square foot.

https://www.businessreport.com/realestate/the-amazon-effect-strip-center-at-florida-and-n-sherwood-forest-sells-for-1-6m

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Cortana Mall's rise, fall, demolition: The end of the one-time largest enclosed mall in the South

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_f53a0ff6-a86b-11eb-acd1-47bae8a207a5.html

While its location at Airline Highway and Florida Boulevard became one of the busiest intersections in the city, the land had been "nothing but heavy timber with a few beaver ponds," said Frank G. Sullivan Jr., one of the mall’s developers and owners, in a 1986 Advocate story. It had been part of the Cortana Plantation, a sugar-cane farming operation.

Sullivan and Womack had acquired the 417-acre site with plans to develop a regional mall on the property. At the time, the only mall in the city was Bon Marche, located about 2 miles west down Florida Boulevard.

In 1970, Morton L. Olshan, president of New York-based Mall Properties, joined the partnership.    

Mall Properties oversaw the architectural and engineering layout; attracted top national and local retailers, including Sears, J.C. Penney, Dillard’s and locally owned Goudchaux’s; and established the mall management.

“The people that built Cortana knew what they were doing,” said Dottie Tarleton, a commercial real estate agent with Stirling Properties. “They were pretty savvy with their connections.”

Construction started on Cortana in 1974. The mall cost $7.7 million to build, which comes to $41 million after adjusting for inflation.

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On 4/22/2021 at 4:05 PM, richyb83 said:

THANKS Dan for those measurements!  It was a conservative guess w/o wanting to go too high...sounds right 25 -30' feet tall per tall per floor of anchor  department stores Shopping Mall.

The massive Amazon structure slated to be 90 feet might be equal  to  6 or 7 story office building....

 

97' -  1" at its highest point.   6 floors of employees, goods, and robots.  

Yeah about 7 stories for a typical commercial building.

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$200M Amazon fulfillment center at Cortana Mall to employ 1,000; here's estimated finish date                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A_5 - Photo-1.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $200M Amazon fulfillment center at Cortana Mall to employ 1,000; here's estimated finish date | News | theadvocate.com

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14 hours ago, richyb83 said:

Thought this was cool...they found a 45 year old time capsule when Cortana opened back in 1976

https://973thedawg.com/45-year-old-time-capsule-uncovered-at-old-cortana-mall-in-baton-rouge/

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If they find a 1973 Buick Skylark that was reported stolen.....they can keep it.

 

Just kidding.  It wasn't stolen until 1987.

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