ExxonMobil looking at potential sites for new administrative building

ExxonMobil is exploring local real estate options for a new administrative building. Though the company is keeping tight-lipped about any specific sites it is considering, a company spokeswoman confirms a long-term planning process is underway.

“We are continuing to explore options, both onsite and offsite, including potential space in various Baton Rouge locations,” says Stephanie Cargile, public and government affairs manager.

The downtown riverfront long has been mentioned as a potential site for a new Exxon administrative building. Two land-use plans for downtown—Plan Baton Rouge in 1998 and the Riverfront Master Plan in 2006—called for the development of office buildings on three vacant lots along the river. The IBM complex is now under construction on one of those lots.

The other two lots—one owned by Richard Hartley and the other by Jim Bernhard—remain vacant. Cargile declines to comment on whether Exxon is interested in either of those sites, neither of which is officially on the market. But she says several options are on the table.

“We are progressing several building upgrade options through the project gate review process, which takes a few years,” she says. —Stephanie Riegel

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