S1 Civic Group
Waggaman, Louisiana 70094
January Meeting Discussed Avondale Shipyards Locating on Modern Farms Road
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7pm
Our January 15 meeting was packed with Waggaman residents concerned about the fact that Avondale Shipyards is building a new facility on Modern Farms. “While we are not opposed to new jobs for our area, we are opposed to Jefferson Parish allowing a business to build within a neighborhood with no other access except through the neighborhood!” stated Keith Kiraly, President of S1 Civic Group. As it is, the two access roads, which were built for light car traffic only, are being used by Metals USA. Metals USA receives/delivers approximately 200 tons per month via 18-wheelers. It is easy to imagine the condition of the roads now even without the additional workforce and delivers of a future Avondale.
The Waggaman yard covers 58.6 acres, with 6,000 square feet of office space and more than 81,000 square feet of production shop space. Avondale says that it would employ “between 200 and 250 people” at the site in Waggaman.
Here is a link to that article: Avondale Article
The position of Jefferson Parish officials is that they have no money for any new roads, the land Avondale is developing is properly zoned and they cannot stop the development. Is that true? When we homeowners want to build something on our properly zoned property, Jefferson Parish has a lot to say about how it built. Do they not require businesses to have proper access to their business? And if your business requires extensive 18-wheeler delivers, does Jefferson Parish not require those roads be in place BEFORE the business is actually built? Is this not part of doing business? Or does the parish just not care because they can tout new jobs regardless of their consequences?
And what is Jefferson Parish President John Young’s position on all this? He is the one who constantly says that the parish has learned it’s lesson on poor planning. Seems like business as usual.
While we are not against jobs and development, we believe that the proper infrastructure needs to be set in place prior to encroachment that would adversely affect the quality of life of the citizens of Waggaman.
Let us know what you think. The Waggaman Development Group has a Facebook page.….drop us your comment.
- New Resources:
- Looking for college money? IESI has 15 $1,000 scholarships available to Jefferson Parish residents (Waggaman residents get priority!) Click here for Scholarship Application.
- Jefferson Parish has updated it’s website. It’s clean and very user friendly. Check it out: jeffparish.net
- Permit Office is going online! The first phase of this launch provides the public the convenience of tracking the progress of their permits, downloading inspection reports and plan review files via a free customer portal account. Additional phases to be announced will provide the ability to request inspections and apply for permits online.The following link will take you to a PDF document that gives instructions on how to set up an account on the My Permit Now customer portal:
- My Permit Now Customer Portal usage instructions
To link directly to the My Permit Now customer portal, follow this link:
- The Waggaman Development Group now has a Facebook page. For all the latest on projects in the community, check out their page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waggaman-Development-Group/267374469969800