A land owner in Ascension Parish worries that a local sales tax dispute could force a Fortune 500 company to abandon its development plans in Gonzales.
Nolan "Sonny" Lamendola has an agreement to sell 18 acres to Emerson Process Management.
Emerson has been in Ascension Parish for 40 years and plans to build a $10 million expansion to consolidate six of its operations or subsidiaries, including two elsewhere in the parish.
The New Orleans City Council has rejected a 25-foot height waiver sought by a developer who wants to build an apartment building in Faubourg Marigny.
The Times-Picayune reports developer Sean Cummings said the decision "kills the project."
Without the ability to build the modernistic, six-story building to a height of 75 feet, he said the $20 million project isn't viable.
The council rejected the waiver on a unanimous vote.
The long-awaited renovations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student union are scheduled to begin in a few weeks.
By the time the semester starts Aug. 20, William Crist, campus facilities manager, tells The Advocate the only service open in the building will be the bookstore.
Crist says construction will start around Aug. 15 and the completion date as of right now is August of 2014.
Students gave their support to the update and expansion of the building about 10 years ago when they approved a $55 fee per semester dedicated to the renovation project.
The Marine Forces Reserve plans ceremonies on Monday to formally activate the Force Headquarters Group.
The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. at the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans.
Force Headquarters Group was formed July 18 and is commanded by Maj. Gen. Tracy Garrett. The organization handles administrative and operational command of six Marine Reserve units.
Garrett will be transferring command to Brig. Gen. Paul Lebidine.
Only rubble remains of the old Palace Hotel in New Orleans. State officials say the implosion of the 17-story building next to I-10 went as scheduled.