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Ochsner starts work on Gonzales clinic

 

Construction has started on the Ochsner Health Center – Gonzales clinic at the intersection of La. 30 and South Burnside Avenue.

The $24.2 million clinic is set to open in summer 2022 and will offer primary and specialty care. The 51,600-square-foot building will have 18 exam rooms, a lab and full radiology suite with MRI. It will complement Ochsner’s existing facilities in Ascension Parish: Ochsner Health Center – Prairieville, Ochsner Urgent Care – Lagniappe Center on Airline Highway and Ochsner Therapy & Wellness – Gonzales on North Burnside Avenue near Cannon Road.

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The state is looking into adding a new interchange in Ascension. 
Cornerview Road (just south of it) -which seems to be supported by a local developer that doesn't appear to be very serious.  This would require a couple of new access roads and links to other highways.
Highway 74 - which makes the most sense, but would require repurposing land currently used for trailer homes where the on-ramp would have to be.    Highway 74 is also a narrow  two lane road (although not as bad as most in AP) and will likely have to be widened to support this.
Both alternatives would help get truck traffic to and from the industrial developments along LA 30 and enable better traffic flow to a future Mississippi River Bridge either at Bayou Goula or Plaquemine Point.  

 

 

New I-10 interchange in Ascension Parish receives new look from DOTD

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_fb0913da-5511-11eb-aec7-5313be01d833.html
 

GONZALES — Perhaps a decade from now, 18-wheelers headed to Ascension Parish's industrial corridor will use a new Interstate 10 interchange and access road shooting them onto La. 30, the main street of parish chemical plants in Geismar.

The proposed I-10 interchange southeast of Cornerview Road and related connector roads are receiving renewed scrutiny from state highway officials as parish government officials continue negotiations with major landowner and home builder, Grady Melancon, who owns the more than 600-acre Buzzard Roost property crucial for the plan to come to fruition, the officials and builder have said.

 

Full article at link above.

 
If there was a textbook example of how not to handle inevitable suburban sprawl, it's lower Ascension Parish (not that northern AP is much better).   
I'm hoping that eastern Livingston,  West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, Ibberville, and West Feliciana see what's happening in Ascension as a cautionary tale and develop plans to control and guide growth properly.   It will eventually happen for them too.     The parish is so poorly run, that I'm surprised anything happens when people flush their toilets.     
I barely frequented southern AP but northern AP is horrendous. I've always preferred if they extended Hwy 42 to I-10 with an interchange.

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Ascension Parish is not, and has never been a priority for state funding despite their growing population and spending power.    The few dollars they've gotten to widen various roads has been very hard fought and about 10-15 years after it was needed.
I would imagine is also pretty cash poor as their aren't many large businesses pahing taxes compared to how bad the infrastructure is. Plus the state has such a massive backlog of projects.

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https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_f9ff8bfe-8595-11eb-aaac-23a7cb3795a8.html

Homebuilder and lumber company owner Grady Melancon recently won approval to begin selling lots in the first 77-home filing of the Riverton neighborhood that has been under construction for several years in the Burnside area.

But, before the developer of Riverton can get too deep into selling more lots in later filings, he must conduct a new traffic study for the 780-home subdivision and also build a roundabout in front of his new neighborhood, an Ascension Parish planning official said.

Commissioner Aaron Chaisson recently brought the four-year-old requirements on the Riverton project to light in an attempt to correct the record before there were any misunderstandings, he said.

 

New parish planning documents associated with the first filing's approval on March 10 had indicated Melancon and Riverton wouldn't have faced those requirements until much further along in the project, prompting Chaisson to research the minutes and online video recordings of past meetings.

It turns out what was in the commission's planning packet this month, Chaisson said, was incorrect and effectively pushed back the requirements by several filings.

"So, I just want to make sure there's no misunderstanding between staff, the commission and the developer on the trigger for both the roundabout and the new traffic impact study. … That's about 300 lots difference," Chaisson said.

 

 

 

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If the Sunshine Project (Formosa in St. James) gets built, you will probably see 10 more developments just like it in that area along with retail and support businesses to match.    Hopefully those developments will be a little more inter-connected.   

 

I-10 between LaPlace o Prairieville will eventually look like I-10 between Colton and Pomona....or I-45 between League City and Houston.  Not counting the swamp area of course.  :)

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https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_f9ff8bfe-8595-11eb-aaac-23a7cb3795a8.html

Homebuilder and lumber company owner Grady Melancon recently won approval to begin selling lots in the first 77-home filing of the Riverton neighborhood that has been under construction for several years in the Burnside area.

But, before the developer of Riverton can get too deep into selling more lots in later filings, he must conduct a new traffic study for the 780-home subdivision and also build a roundabout in front of his new neighborhood, an Ascension Parish planning official said.

Commissioner Aaron Chaisson recently brought the four-year-old requirements on the Riverton project to light in an attempt to correct the record before there were any misunderstandings, he said.

 

New parish planning documents associated with the first filing's approval on March 10 had indicated Melancon and Riverton wouldn't have faced those requirements until much further along in the project, prompting Chaisson to research the minutes and online video recordings of past meetings.

It turns out what was in the commission's planning packet this month, Chaisson said, was incorrect and effectively pushed back the requirements by several filings.

"So, I just want to make sure there's no misunderstanding between staff, the commission and the developer on the trigger for both the roundabout and the new traffic impact study. … That's about 300 lots difference," Chaisson said.

 

 

 
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If the Sunshine Project (Formosa in St. James) gets built, you will probably see 10 more developments just like it in that area along with retail and support businesses to match.    Hopefully those developments will be a little more inter-connected.   
 
I-10 between LaPlace o Prairieville will eventually look like I-10 between Colton and Pomona....or I-45 between League City and Houston.  Not counting the swamp area of course. 
You know dang well they won't be interconnected, for fear of "people."

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This is a really ugly old development in a very hot area, so I'm glad they are reworking the whole thing.   According to the article, the new grocery anchor isn't Rouses, but it's close to the LeBlanc family.     The LeBlanc's stores that were converted to Rouses aren't particularly well run, and a lot of long time customers noticed.     LeBlanc's was a very successful Associated Grocers chain, and maintained that relationship with AG for decades.

So -  Hi Nabor,  Ralph's, Calandro's,  or Matherne's are definitely possibilities as LeBlanc's had a decades-long relationship with Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge before they took a lucrative offer from Rouses.    Dorignac's, Alexander's, and Oak Point are other outside possibilities.     It's quite possible another new LeBlanc's branded store opens up there - which is something that a lot of locals would be very excited about.  

I'd also look for a Starbucks, PJ's,  or CC's coffee house along with a nicer, newer location for Rotolo's, Autozone, and Verizon.    They might also throw a curve ball and add in a bank branch and a fast casual restaurant to diversify their tenant base.    If they had space for it, a mid market hotel chain would probably do well there too (Hampton Inn, Courtyard, Holiday Inn, etc.)

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https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_60ed3916-cae5-11ec-882d-4f4d78e13814.html

The owners of a historic Gonzales shopping center are demolishing it and planning to develop a new retail center with a grocery store anchor, injecting new investment into an older part of a city that has seen more commercial growth on its fringes in recent years.

LeBlanc's Plaza, which also goes by the name the Mall on Burnside Shopping Center, is near the southeast corner of the intersection of Airline Highway and North Burnside Avenue in one of the busiest commercial areas of Gonzales. Marcy LeBlanc said his father built the first building in the shopping center in the late 1950s

But the center is home to just a handful of business with a deteriorating parking lot that has prompted safety concerns from city officials.

Demolition started last week on some of the buildings as LeBlanc and partnership group, Galleries Gonzales LLC, plan a new roughly 60,000-square-foot complex on the 11-acre site.

Other investors in Galleries Gonzales include Marcy's brother, Randy; family friend, Mike LeBlanc; and local businessman Arthur Scanlan.

Reached at his office Monday, LeBlanc said Galleries Gonzales are trying to finish a deal with a grocery store anchor.

"We're real close," said LeBlanc, who is part of the family that owned the old Gonzales-based LeBlanc's Food Store chain.

He declined to name the grocer at this point — "Everybody knows it," LeBlanc said — but was hopeful the deal could be completed by early June.

He also shot down rumors circulated on social media that Academy Sports was headed to the center.

 

 

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On 2/24/2021 at 2:35 PM, dan326 said:

Ochsner starts work on Gonzales clinic

 

Construction has started on the Ochsner Health Center – Gonzales clinic at the intersection of La. 30 and South Burnside Avenue.

The $24.2 million clinic is set to open in summer 2022 and will offer primary and specialty care. The 51,600-square-foot building will have 18 exam rooms, a lab and full radiology suite with MRI. It will complement Ochsner’s existing facilities in Ascension Parish: Ochsner Health Center – Prairieville, Ochsner Urgent Care – Lagniappe Center on Airline Highway and Ochsner Therapy & Wellness – Gonzales on North Burnside Avenue near Cannon Road.

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Oschner wasted no time on this.   Place already looks nearly ready to open.  

@Richey - it's right across from one of those massage parlors you might like.  :tw_lol:

But seriously - if you stood in front of this place, you'd see the "new format" of development in Ascension, which is quite nice.   But it's surrounded by the "old format" stuff that was done when the parish was semi-rural - with the exception of the medical offices immediately north of it that look decent.     I think Rouses is going up sort of behind the nearby Walgreens.   That's going to be a nice development if they ever finish it.    Glad someone finally told Acension Parish that there are other building materials than corrugated metal.

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On 3/19/2021 at 6:15 PM, Antrell Williams said:

 


You know dang well they won't be interconnected, for fear of "people."

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At the moment, there isn't anything to connect to.    I'm only seeing one road connecting to another property (which is undeveloped), but there's also no way to get to that plot without going through Riverton or building a road across a railroad track.    

It's easier to connect to other streets in the part of Ascension where there is a rural grid pattern.  But since it's Ascension, you still have a neighborhood of $400,000 homes immediately adjacent to a sketchy mobile home park that hasn't yet been turned into a DLSD community.   And I imagine the people who have spent a huge chuck of their life earnings on a nice home wouldn't want to connect directly to a trailer park full of Jessie Pinkman types.  

What I think might save Riverton from being a huge traffic disaster is that I think they are making them eventually build a roundabout to link it to LA22.    I'm hoping that the main roads within the development are wide enough to handle a bit of traffic.   Because they are all going to have to funnel into that circle.   Or eventually a traffic light if they don't go with a roundabout.   A traffic light would be frustrating there, especially if there aren't any turn lanes.

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Why is the sky red like 'a sunset' in the early afternoon? Residents blame chronic dust from plant

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https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_1f9d2f6c-048c-11ed-bd4c-1bda6d5145d6.html

Trina Reulet's daughter told her to come look out the window Friday at the red sky, weird for early in the afternoon.

Reulet, 47, looked and told her daughter they were looking at airborne red dust from the LAlumina LLC waste pile near their home in the River Ridge neighborhood, a familiar problem for their area.

"It was almost like a sunset," she said.

River Ridge, Pelican Crossing and other suburban Ascension neighborhoods in the Burnside area south of Interstate 10 are close to a roughly 500-acre waste pile, or "red mud lakes," for a shuttered processing plant along the nearby Mississippi River.

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