Plantation Estates is fast progressing as 1,400-acre project

Audubon Place is sold, Acadian Windows coming to Destrehan

A developer’s 1,400-acre project in Destrehan is fast progressing with a nearly completed first phase of a residential development, property sold for a business and permits applied for a transportation facility.

Audubon Place, a 30-lot subdivision, is mostly complete, said Joey Murray of Murray Architects of Destrehan and an owner in the project. Because of high waters of the Mississippi River, the project was delayed rather than finished by March as planned. Remaining work for the project is nearly done, including electrical, streetlights and final inspections.

Murray said the lots were sold while the development was under construction. Lots sold for $90,000 to $135,000 each.

The subdivision is the first phase “of several projects to come” in the multi-phase, multi-component Destrehan project by Gary Silversmith, a Washington, D.C., environmental attorney and developer.

Murray also announced Acadian Windows recently bought 2.34 acres of land on Alpha Drive in Destrehan, which is part of Silversmith’s “Plantation Business campus.” He said Acadian Windows is developing building plans for the site.

Overall, Silversmith’s plans also call for a 60-acre rail-to-truck transload facility on Airline Highway. Murray said applications for the federal permits that would clear the way for the facility have been submitted.

He also said ownership of the facility is to be determined.

Efforts are also advancing on establishing an 1,000-acre wildlife refuge conservatory in the area, Murray said.

Other plans for the overall project are still in the planning stages.

In April of last year, Murray announced Silversmith’s plan for the community development, emphasizing pent-up demand in residential and commercial growth spurred the project.

At the time, Murray said the residential component could be as large as 250 lots on nearly 100 acres when completed, depending on demand. The St. Charles Parish Council approved the 30 lots for Audubon Place, but a second phase could be in the works.

Murray called Silversmith a “quasi-developer” who wanted a project initially focusing on residential development. But he said the overall plan also calls for commercial development that could include restaurants and retail.

The site sprawls from the I-310 bridge to ADM grain elevator, goes north to Airline Highway and then Ormond Plantation Estates.

Murray said an estimated 60 acres of the site on Airline Highway could be dedicated to warehousing, as well as “M1 industrial uses” planned for another 200 acres. He described the location as north of the Canadian National Railway switch yard and Entergy power line right of way.



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