Possible tenant on Charenton Canal narrows choices to 2

A possible tenant at a Baldwin location is still possible, West St. Mary Port Commissioners learned Tuesday.
Executive Director David Allain said a prospective tenant at the industrial park site on the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal has narrowed down its choices of locations to the park and one other undisclosed site.
The tenant has not been revealed as of yet, but Allain said negotiations began several months ago. The port has been supplying information to the prospect.
“They told me it would take about two weeks to make a decision,” Allain said of the last word he received. “They were kind of concerned about the pipelines (on the property) but we think we have all their concerns met.”
A meeting is possible as early as next week between the prospective tenant, port, parish and state representatives.
Also Tuesday, Allain reported that channel markers near the Jaws area can be replaced by buoys, instead of pilings, at a cost of only $240 each, not including setting them out. About 15 are needed.
By comparison, replacing pilings would cost $3,600 each.
Allain said he believes barge traffic is responsible for most of the pilings being knocked down, which would be negated if buoys were used.
The commission authorized Allain to proceed seeking U.S. Coast Guard approval. It may be that the Coast Guard will require removal of the existing pilings.

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