RIDGELAND — Aldermen last week tabled a local firm’s request to build a countertop warehouse behind their Cole Street location that would store and display masonry, citing concerns over the building’s aesthetic design.

Aldermen unanimously voted to table the request last Tuesday evening to give Prosource Materials time to produce renderings showing more detail on the front of the building.

Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Holder said that he “wanted the project to move forward” but said that he wanted to see a “better building” design. 

Ward 6 Alderman Wesley Hamlin asked if they had looked at “any other materials.”

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier said that the board was not expecting a “brick or stucco” building, but the current siding was not sufficient. 

Stephen Hudson, a representative for the company, said that the building currently uses a metal siding with a finish that is designed to look like stucco. He said they chose the material for its strength and warranty.

In his presentation last Monday, Hudson said they were building a “premier slab yard” where homeowners and contractors could view a variety of countertops and other masonry.

“As far as we can tell you have to travel out of state to Louisiana or Memphis to find anything like what we are planning,” Hudson said.

Gautier said that, based on his experience in real estate, this would be “beneficial” to real estate related businesses in the area.

The building will go behind their existing location at 6370 Cole Street.

Hudson said after the meeting that he hoped they could find a design that would please the city. He said he represented the locally-owned family business and looked forward to seeing them expand.

“They have been around for a while, but have worked really hard the past three years or so to get to the point where they could make a reinvestment like this in their business,” Hudson said.

Hudson noted that he was there with the building’s architect, Theo Peagler, and that they would come up with a new design that would address issues raised by the board.