FedEx proposes new BR warehouse; IBM complex details listed

Proposed FedEx Distribution Center
Proposed FedEx Distribution Center

FedEx is eyeing 15 acres north of Siegen Lane and Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge for a new distribution facility, documents filed with the city-parish Planning Commission show.

The Memphis shipping giant, however, was mum Thursday on the plans and what they mean for its existing FedEx Freight center on North Harrell’s Ferry Road on the north side of Interstate 12.

Also filed in time for the August planning commission meeting are plans for the new IBM office and residential complex downtown, as well as revisions to multifamily projects at Perkins Rowe and on Stanford Avenue.

The proposed FedEx property, located at the end of South Reitz Avenue and owned by Garry Lewis of Livingston, would be home to a 175,374-square-foot office and warehouse facility, according to the plans.

That’s much larger than FedEx’s current 24,440-square-foot Harrell’s Ferry facility, which FedEx moved into in 2008. According to reports at the time, the company moved 52 employees from the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. FedEx would not provide any updated information on its local operations Thursday.

FedEx Ground spokesman Jesse Bull said the company will not comment on the plans since the project is still in the preliminary stages.

Also on file Thursday were:

IBM COMPLEX: Site plans for the highly touted $55 million IBM complex, scheduled to open in 2015 along Lafayette Street downtown, show that project will consist of an eight-story software development center and an 85-unit residential tower, connected by a terrace.

The tower breakdown shows two three-bedroom units with a den; 12 two-bedroom units with a den; 21 one-bedroom units with a den; 35 one-bedroom units; and 15 studios.

Plans also call for nine row homes, 3,850 square feet of retail and 408 parking spaces.

LAKESHORE PLACE: Lakeshore Place, which is being developed by Mike Wampold on the east side of Stanford Avenue north of Bayou Duplantier, is looking to put its parking garage in the center of the four-story multifamily development.

Lakeshore’s 241 units will consist of 98 one-bedroom units (16 with a study), 124 two-bedroom units and 19 three-bedroom units, as well as a pool and a courtyard.

THE WOODLANDS AT PERKINS ROWE: The developer is looking to change the layout of its 334-unit multifamily project on 20 acres just east of the NeuroMedical Center and south of Dawson Creek.