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  1. Does anyone know what's going on next to Istrouma Baptist Church on I-12 at Airline? A large tract of land between the church and I-12 has been cleared with construction stakes in the ground. I haven't seen or heard anything announced. I figured someone on here would know.
  2. I just discovered this fascinating blog on historic BR. One of the best sites for historic BR buildings and events I've come across. Check it out and comment. The blogger says it's been up for a year and he's not gotten much comment. I'm sure the BR experts on UP will have a lot to comment on and contribute. http://historicalbatonrouge.blogspot.com/
  3. Has anybody noticed that a tract of land on the north side of Corporate Blvd north of Citiplace has been cleared? Any idea of what this might be?
  4. Is this the wooded lot across I-110 from DOTD? I was hoping for something along the lines of a mixed development or at least something a bit more "urban" but I can understand that with the economy like it is now, we're lucky in BR to be still getting any new developments. I always thought that that site right across from DOTD and close to all the other new state offices could support a development of condos/apartments and some retail aspect.
  5. New sports bar/music venue for 3rd Street. Punchers. The bar will be decked out in classic sports-bar regalia with TVs aplenty and photos of LSU's boxing days of yore. But owner Mike Labat doesn't plan to pigeonhole Punchers-he wants to pump up Baton Rouge's music scene, too, with large-scale bands on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, complete with a 14-by-14-foot boxing ring as a stage. Punchers will open mid-December at Third and Laurel. http://www.225batonrouge.com/news/2008/nov...downtown-alive/
  6. Any inkling of what if anything is actually going on here or just wishful thinking? I hope some high rise goes there but I haven't heard of any other new development planned lately.
  7. Just a small note. I was on 3rd Street today and the doors were open on the building at 3rd and Florida. (The building with the Coca-Cola sign on top.) It looked like some cleaning out of trash was going on. Maybe in preparation for construction soon. This is a prime site downtown and really needs to open back up soon as some sort of restaurant/entertainment venue.
  8. This is oil. Haynesville is natural gas. This is not the original Tuscaloosa Trend. This is oil shale.
  9. This development will be HUGE for the Baton Rouge Metro area and Louisiana as a whole. East Feliciana, West Feliciana and northen East Baton Rouge are part of this massive oil shale field and BR is poised with it's infrastructure to profit immensely from it. Check out the channel 2 video from today at the bottom of this link. http://tuscaloosamarineshale.com/index.html
  10. This ought to be a great event for families and history buffs. AIR IT UP! AUGUST 16
  11. Has anyone noticed the new construction starting on the north side of I-12 next to the Essen/Jefferson west bound on ramp on Brentwood drive? It's a small lot on a single family residential street but this isn't a single family residence. Anyone know what this is going to be?
  12. Children's Museum plans are progressing. Link to Daily Report article, museum website and photos of the proposed museum. http://www.businessreport.com/archives/daily-report/latest/ http://www.knockknockmuseum.org/ http://www.businessreport.com/photos/galle...renderings/255/
  13. I found this on an article from Allbusiness.com from 9/12/06. It says that Blue Cross owns a 40 acre tract next to their headquarters that they are considering selling to developers for a retail/office development but that when the article was written, there were no concrete plans. That was in 2006 though. Maybe plans are underway now. This looks like a nice development. Something nice will go on that valuable land eventually. If not this then something similar. Scroll to page four of this article, http://www.allbusiness.com/finance/leasing/4085884-1.html
  14. Three feature films shooting in Baton Rouge this week. Three feature film productions are shooting in Baton Rouge this week, according to the Baton Rouge Film Commission. "The Open Road," starring Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges, is about the relationship between a young man and his estranged father, a baseball legend. Universal Pictures' "Cirque du Freak," starring Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly, is an action adventure directed by Paul Weitz ("American Pie," "About a Boy"). And Mike Epps "Comedy Mixtape, Vol. 1" is currently in production at the Celtic Media Centre. Post-productio
  15. Here's a project for all of you BR development experts. I've been thinking about this for a while. Has anyone figured out how many total floors of office/residential/parking has been added and how many more are currently planned to downtown BR in the last few years? With the new state office complex, the new courthouse, CityPlaza II, the Shaw center development, the new Belle of BR parking garage, the new La. Credit Union Building, etc, etc. It has to be well over a hundred floors of new development. And with Riverplace Condos and the Advocate development and others, it might be getting clos
  16. Another major development on the way to BR. Developer has bought 29 commercial lots for a development on Nicholson Drive. Possibly another TND. How many TND's are now open, being developed or planned in BR? Richy? Lafayette development group has purchased twenty-nine residential lots along Nicholson Drive, which were being marketed together in an attempt to stimulate development in the area between downtown and LSU. Moreno Properties, headed up by oilman Mike Moreno, purchased the lots, which total more than 10 acres, in a deal that wrapped up earlier this week. While Moreno Properties wo
  17. Kid Rock and Sara Evans performing at Tiger Stadium April 4th. http://www.kidrock.com/news.php
  18. Didn't quite know where to put this little tidbit. Baton Rouge has teamed up with three other capital cities to partner together to bring conventions to the four regionally diverse state capitals. Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, and St. Paul, Minnesotta are the other three cities. http://www.projo.com/business/content/BZ_T...v33.eab113.html http://www.capitalcitiescollection.com/
  19. Driving over the Mississippi River Bridge today coming into BR, it was nice to see all the construction cranes in downtown. CityPlaza2, the new courthouse and the Belle of Baton Rouge new parking garage. That last one is going to be taller than I had thought. It's really standing out on the skyline as you cross the bridge. Also, across the river there is a massive construction project just as you come off the bridge on the north side of the interstate. Does anyone know what this project is?
  20. Apple's Louisiana store is nearing completion in the Mall of Louisiana in BR. Apple's Louisiana Store is also nearing completion in the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. Construction is virtually finished inside and workers are already installing exterior stainless steel. Apple's Louisiana Store stands as the only Apple retail outlet along the entire Gulf Coast, and is likely to open some time in March. http://www.macnn.com/articles/08/02/26/uk.....store.opening/
  21. Yeah Richy, there was a horse race track around park blvd. back in the 1800's. I saw an old map a long time ago that had it on it.
  22. Anybody, any word on the Audobon institute? As I recall, they had said their report would be out by December 07.
  23. It's good to see progress on this project. I hadn't heard anything about it lately. Developer has closed on a deal to develop a 36 acre tract north of Hollywood casino. A planned mix use development including 800-1200 residential units and 300,000 - 600,000 square feet of commercial development. That's more commercial development than CityPlaza II. It's 270,000 sf. Hopefully this will include another mid to high rise office building. http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/business/businesstoday
  24. Lots of people downtown today taking advantage of "Free First Sunday." The Louisiana state museum and the LASM both have free admission for the first Sunday of the month starting today. It was good to see all the people downtown. Parking in front of both the state museum and the LASM was hard to find. People like free, lol. Hopefully free admission will be made full time. Jay Dardenne did it with the museums under his control, unfortunately these two are not. I believe these are under the Dept of Tourism which is under Mitch Landrieu. I really think it would be good for the downtown busines
  25. This project should be a real attention getter for downtown in particular and BR as a whole. I hadn't heard that Trey Trahan is designing the new development at the old Advocate site. I can't wait to see what he comes up with. Now if we can get the RiverPlace condos next door going... the northern cbd renaissance will be even more dramatic than what's going on in the southern section. http://www.225batonrouge.com/news/2007/dec/28/trey-trahan/ ________________________________________________________________________________ Drew, the rules of UrbanPlanet do not allow for th
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