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  1. Completed downtown public spaces to be celebrated at Dec. 6 ceremonies Three downtown public spaces are now completed, an achievement Downtown Development District and city-parish officials plan to celebrate at a Dec. 6 ceremony that will begin with ribbon cuttings at 3 p.m. and end with downtown’s Festival of Lights at 6 p.m. Those projects include: • North Boulevard Town Square Phase II—a $1.8 million, grant-funded project that includes corridor improvements such as a new Fourth Street Plaza, widened pedestrian paths and at-grade pedestrian crossings all along the St. Phillip Street Promenade and along North Boulevard in front of the Old State Capitol. • Riverfront Plaza—funded by the state sales tax rebate, some $750,000 worth of both aesthetic and technical improvements to a water garden fountain and plaza area that was originally built in 1984. • Rotary Centennial Sculpture—A 14-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture that reflects the flow of the Mississippi River and emits a singing sound when visitors approach the sculpture, which was donated to the city-parish by the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge in celebration of its 100-year anniversary. DDD Executive Director Davis Rhorer tells Daily Report the completion of the three projects marks a significant milestone for the implementation of downtown’s Central Green, a key element of the area’s master plan as envisioned in Plan Baton Rouge. “It’s about connectivity,” Rhorer says. “Town Square Phase II was a critical component of that because it created a connection between the Downtown Greenway and the Town Square area, and it prioritizes pedestrians.” The Rotary Sculpture is also noteworthy, says Rhorer, in that it marks the first time in several decades the city of Baton Rouge has commissioned its own sculpture. “It’s not often you have a sculpture of this magnitude raised by private funds,” he says. Officials will cut the ribbon on North Boulevard Town Square Phase II, located at the corner of North Boulevard and Fourth Street, at 3 p.m., followed by Riverfront Plaza on South River Road at 4 p.m. and the Rotary Centennial Sculpture, near the intersection of Florida Street and River Road, at 5 p.m. The evening will culminate at 6 p.m. with the city’s official tree lighting, fireworks, a visit from Santa and other activities taking place at the Festival of Lights. https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/completed-downtown-public-spaces-to-be-celebrated-at-dec-6-ceremony
  2. LOL I just posted in "Plan BR" on Tuesday! Missed the announcement from early August too! SUCKS! Should have known better ; always try to be optimistic ; but had doubts about this given the tract of land is simply tooo narrow. + BR Is VERTICALLY Challenged! NOTHING OVER 12 Floors since Late 80's Attitude now is this fancy 25 story high rise stuff is for growing places like Austin & Nashville.....simply is TOO MUCH for status quo Baton Rouge. Disappointing ...over the years to see all of the potential High rises along the river flounder away.
  3. Why the Plank Road Master Plan matters for Baton Rouge https://www.businessreport.com/business/plank-road-master-plan-matters
  4. Good idea Dan326! I-10 expansion in Baton Rouge will affect 28 homes and 5 businesses, officials say https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_fd371de0-0acc-11ea-bd22-e31bf87c0862.html
  5. Nothing in BR has been built over 12 stories since the late 80's ....of course this nice gleaming 26 story high rise is too much for status quo Baton Rouge ;as the year(s) keep going by' seems like this will NEVER change' that fancy stuff is reserved for places like Austin ; Nashville or maybe NOLA Trahan Architects named nation’s top design firm; nixed downtown ‘pencil building’ could pop up elsewhere However, one of Trahan’s submissions might raise eyebrows: 111 North, better known to Baton Rougeans as the proposed “downtown pencil building.” The architect previously confirmed to Daily Report he nixed plans to develop the 26-story skyscraper in Baton Rouge. In an email to Daily Report this morning, Trahan defended including the ill-fated downtown project in his submission, saying his vision will still be executed—just not in Baton Rouge. “While we do not anticipate that project moving forward in Baton Rouge, we do anticipate eventual executions in New Orleans, Waterloo, Ontario, and elsewhere,” Trahan says. https://www.businessreport.com/business/trahan-architects-named-nations-top-design-firm-nixed-downtown-pencil-building-could-pop-up-elsewhere MISSED this article back on August 9th ...would have been nice to get parking spaces for the BR Water co. tract ; but Shaw Center for the Arts prolly wouldn't like blocking the river view ... It was a nice idea: Trahan nixes plans for pencil skyscraper downtown https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/it-was-a-nice-idea-trahan-nixes-plans-for-pencil-skyscraper-downtown
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    FuturEBR

    Missed this article from early August ; can't locate today's new aarticle for the Kenilworth shopping center ....residential units on the upper floors ? 3 or 4 stories? ‘Live/work’ mixed use development planned near Kenilworth Shopping Center ttps://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/live-work-mixed-use-development-being-considered-near-kenilworth-shopping-center
  7. Thanks for looking that name up Dan! Sure it can be a challenge naming all the new streets. Will be curious to see the designs for new I-10 exit between Essen and Bluebonnet, as well as several connector roads to alleviate traffic. HEALTH ALL AROUND Assembling the pieces for a cohesive health district modeled after Houston 35,000 Number of patients expected to pass through Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital’s emergency room annually. Photo by Collin Richie. Status: Ongoing However it came to be, Baton Rouge’s major health care facilities all seem to be centered on one neighborhood. Baton Rouge General, Our Lady of the Lake, Pennington Biomedical Center and a host of specialized services, rehab clinics and labs occupy space along Essen Lane, Bluebonnet Boulevard and Perkins Road. In 2015, a coalition led by BRAF put together a master plan to tie them all together with some sort of infrastructural harmony for the congested roads. The recent additions of the sparkling new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Ochsner’s High Grove medical complex make a cohesive plan more important than ever. The proposal calls for a new I-10 exit between Essen and Bluebonnet, as well as several connector roads to alleviate traffic. A shuttle service is recommended, as well as a designated space for a future train station, should passenger rail to New Orleans ever come to fruition. And while much of this is still in preliminary design stages, we’re already seeing work on one component: Segments of the 7.4-mile Health Loop Trail for pedestrians and bicyclists were built in recent years. Eventually, bikers and joggers could take the Health Loop Trail from Pennington all the way to Pecue Lane along Dawson and Ward creeks, adding another health benefit to the district. brhealthdistrict.com This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of 225 Magazine.
  8. The Retail component for the renovated Chase Towers project should improve streetscape dramatically! TOWERING OVER Iconic Chase South Tower being prepped for a remodel and tricked-out additions A rendering of the Chase South Tower’s east side addition. Courtesy Wampold Companies/Gensler. Status: Waiting on historic building tax credits to begin first phase When developer Mike Wampold scooped up the 21-story Chase South Tower in early 2018, it expanded his already large portfolio of downtown buildings that includes its sister office building—Chase North Tower—and the refurbished Watermark Hotel. At press time, Wampold was waiting on approval for historic building tax credits to offset the cost of the projected $50 million overhaul. That includes a first phase of roughly 75 luxury residential units on the top five floors and a rooftop pool. After that, Wampold envisions expanding the base of the 1960s building with two-story wings extending over the recognizable red brick plazas to the east and west. One side will comprise retail and office space, the other potentially housing an event ballroom. Both wings would be encased entirely in glass, giving passersby a glance inside what’s otherwise a brutalist concrete monolith. https://www.225batonrouge.com/our-city/imagining-future-whats-horizon-baton-rouge-tomorrow
  9. State, city, LSU, BREC get behind $50+M plan to restore, enhance Baton Rouge lakes https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/state-city-lsu-brec-get-behind-50m-plan-to-restore-enhance-baton-rouge-lakes Pretty cool to knock out the isthmus between City Park Lake & University Lake; connecting the lakes; the new longer bridge would be cool
  10. richyb83

    Mid City

    City Roots Coffee Bar open at Electric Depot https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/city-roots-coffee-bar-open-at-electric-depot
  11. Pretty cool it's LED lights for night time! River Road at Florida Street set to close Friday morning for river sculpture installation https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_fff49106-00eb-11ea-86fa-c3561884664a.html
  12. Thanks for posting that Greg225! Those bridges are cool...Would like to see this trail system connect to the LSU Lakes via Bayou Duplantier from Perkins Road Park one day! Cut across campus to the Miss River Levee bike path ; that takes you Downtown Looks like dotted line (east of Perkins Rowe) is no longer going to be called "Perkins-Picardy connector ; instead Paulat Blvd. WHERE do they come up with these names?
  13. richyb83

    MoveEBR

    More than 50 MovEBR projects prioritized; work on 22 to begin ‘immediately’ https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/more-than-50-movebr-projects-prioritized-work-on-22-to-begin-immediately
  14. New cyber coordination center aims to make Louisiana a cybersecurity leader https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/new-cyber-coordination-center-aims-to-make-louisiana-a-cybersecurity-leader LUCKY BREAK: With 1200 Brickyard Lane still under construction, LED Secretary Don Pierson says it will be faster and more cost-efficient to get the Louisiana Cyber Coordination Center up and running. (Don Kadair)
  15. richyb83

    Mid City

    Gov’t Taco eyes brick-and-mortar location on Government Street https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/govt-taco-eyes-brick-and-mortar-location-on-government-street#close-olyticsmodal
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