- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

CARENCRO, La. (AP) - Developers say part of the old Evangeline Downs Racetrack in Carencro will be the new home of a 236,000-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution center.

James Saad, of Mobile, Alabama-based Saad Development, told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/23Fe16c) the distribution center is scheduled to be completed by next spring, and FedEx is expected be operating there by the summer.

Saad said the company, which closed on the $11 million purchase of the 40-acre site last week, will build the facility and then lease it to FedEx. He said Monday that the deal has been in the works for about a year.

The track closed in 2004 when Evangeline Downs moved to a new facility in Opelousas to take advantage of legalized slot-machine gambling in St. Landry Parish. The new distribution center will take shape in the area between the Interstate 49 service road and the horse track at the old Evangeline Downs complex.

Saad did not have specifics on the number of employees FedEx might hire, but he said the parking lot is designed for more than 400 vehicles. A FedEx spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said the distribution center could be a boon for local businesses.

“It’s going to bring a couple of hundred workers into Carencro each day,” he said.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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