Distribute center looks to Hammond

The shaded area shows the 41.75 acres of land that Round Table Investments is requesting Hammond City Council to rezone so the company can use the property for a distribution center.

A healthcare product distributor is looking to make Hammond its new home.

Hammond City Council is set to introduce a request to rezone almost 42 acres of property near the airport at tonight’s 5:30 meeting at City Hall. If rezoned, Round Table Investments plans to build a new Medline distribution facility on 2100 Industrial Park Road at the southeast corner of Industrial Park and Vinyard Road.

Despite some public concern, the city’s planning commission agreed in a 4-1 vote to recommend the property’s rezoning to city council conditions.

According to the meeting report, commissioners placed multiple conditions on their approval:

Only distribution will be allowed with no manufacturing;

Freight vehicles will be limited on Vinyard Road with Industrial Park Road being the primary route of travel;

A fence or dirt berm will be installed on Vinyard Road property line;

All ingress/ egress shall be on Industrial Parkway; and

Drainage plan must meet or exceed 100-year flood plain requirements.

Around 15 citizens spoke in opposition and presented a petition, along with several emails, according to a committee report of the meeting.

Commissioners William Travis, Matt Sandifer, Jimmy Meyer and Jeffrey Smith voted for the item while Kylan Douglas voted against it.

If the council agrees tonight to introduce the property’s rezoning, a public hearing will be set to hear community input on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Adjacent properties include undeveloped property to the north and south, single family and airport zoning to the west and rural single family zoning to the east.

Medline Industries announced a new major distribution center for the St. Tammany area last year, around Covington. The company planned to move out of its current smaller location in the Goodbee/ Covington area to the new location once it was built.

According to Louisiana Economic Development archives, that project was announced by Gov. John Bel Edwards and Medline Industries in December 2019 as being a $53 million project that would result in over 1,000 new, direct and indirect jobs in Southeast Louisiana.

The Daily Star on Monday was unable to confirm any connection between the proposed Medline distribution center in Hammond and the company’s previously announced plans in St. Tammany.

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