Donaldsonville technology park certified as economic development site

Staff Report

The Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park is the first property in Louisiana to receive approval under the state’s new Certified Economic Development Sites program, according to Ascension Economic Development Corporation.

Developed by Louisiana Economic Development, the Certified Economic Development Sites program is designed to make the state more competitive for economic development deals by building an inventory of “shovel ready” properties.

The Donaldsonville Industrial Development Board is the owner and developer of the park, and  Board Chairman August Tassin applauded the announcement.

“We are grateful for the opportunity for our Industrial Park to lead the way by being the first LED Certified Site in the state. I know that this honor was earned through the hard work of our board members, past and present,” Tassin said.

AEDC President & CEO Mike Eades said, “We are delighted that the Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park is now firmly positioned as a serious contender for new development prospects.”

The Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park is located on Hwy 70 on the south side of the Union Pacific Railway line. The park encompasses approximately 80 acres, 60 of which are available for development.

Chef John Folse Manufacturing Company is the park’s anchor tenant. Services available in the park include rail to selected parcels along with industrial-grade water, sewer, electricity, natural gas and telecommunications infrastructure.

In addition, there are product pipelines on or near the property carrying transmission-level natural gas, anhydrous ammonia, liquid carbon dioxide and other products.The park is preliminarily platted into approximate 2-acre tracts which can be combined to create larger lots as needed. The largest available contiguous tract is approximately 30 acres. The land for the park was gifted to the Donaldsonville Industrial Development Board by CF Industries in 2006.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez praised the efforts of AEDC and the Donaldsonville Industrial Development Board. “This is the kind of teamwork that’s required for success in economic development,” he said. “Donaldsonville and the entire West Ascension area will reap the benefits of this project for years to come.”

LED’s criteria for certification includes extensive examination and documentation of a property’s suitability for economic development projects. This includes items such as utility and transportation infrastructure, environmental site assessments, wetlands determination, the mapping of servitudes, easements and rights-of-way, proof of property ownership, control and chain of title, zoning, soil conditions, flood plain mapping and a wholesale list of other requirements.