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  1. Yeah i'm afraid so. I enjoy the Weather and fascinated by the storm systems. But not when it cost life. That was a low end EF3 Tornado i think...Winds 140mph?? https://www.katc.com/news/st-landry-parish/st-landry-parish-declaring-state-of-emergency-after-tornado-request-damage-reports Had some damage in SE BR too...near the Fairgrounds ; actually closing Airline Hwy near Highland Road https://www.wafb.com/2021/04/10/overnight-storms-lead-road-closure-power-outages/ Not a Tornado...but possibly a straight line Wind near 100 mph? Also toppled 18 wheeler.... Most of South Louisiana is currently under a Flash Flood Watch thru Thursday @ Noon.... places in lower Ascension Parish got abt 6" inches of rain today ...more on the way tomorrow
  2. Nice to see they want to name downtown's City Plaza after DDD Director Davis Rhorer; who passed due to complications from Covid last month at age 65. Enjoyed meeting him a few times; he had a passion for Downtown BR. A lot of what has been posted here on UP is because of Davis Rhorer DDD outlines search plans for a new executive director https://www.businessreport.com/business/ddd-outlines-search-plans-for-a-new-executive-director Today’s meeting began with a video tribute to Rhorer, whose legacy includes the historic restoration and reopening of the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, expansions to the Raising Cane’s River Center and the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, the establishment of the Shaw Center for the Arts, the development of hundreds of residential units in the downtown area, and the funding, development and implementation of the biking and walking trail on the levee that connects downtown to LSU. “All he wanted was to make downtown Baton Rouge better,” said past board chair Scott Hensgens. “He never sought credit or a pat on the back. He just wanted Baton Rouge to be as good as it could be.” Tomorrow, the Metro Council will consider a resolution to rename downtown’s City Plaza as “The Davis S. Rhorer Plaza.” And from today's Business Report.....(((I no longer get the Monthly Agenda for DDD...thought i had signed up))) Among other downtown updates: • Construction on the River Mark Centre, the rebranded Chase South Tower, has begun. • Some $16.26 million worth of renovations to the River Center Theater are slated for completion by August, while construction on the Cary Saurage Community Arts Center will wrap this summer. • Key investments that have recently been made downtown include Watson Cohen LLC’s acquisition of the former State National Life Insurance building, Cornelius Quarels’ plans to reopen the former Hound Dogs location as a rooftop bar and lounge, and John Engquist’s purchase of an undeveloped, 1.3-acre riverfront property for $5.68 million. • Between the Water Campus, Old South and Downtown East areas, there are 770 residential units being developed—including 200 Water Street, which is now leasing units. • The DDD is working with downtown parking meter vendor FlowBird to determine final quantities for the smart meters, which will have higher rates ($1/ hour) that won’t go into effect until July. • After bids came back with higher quotes than expected, downtown officials are repackaging their proposals for phases II and III of Riverfront Plaza, including moving the proposed River Road pedestrian crossing to a later phase, and hope to re-bid in the next couple of weeks.
  3. Thanks for the stats Cajun. Always thought BR Regional Airport was at a disadvantage being only 65 miles away from an "International" airport like NOLA. Always thought BR's airport was small for a city it's size. Wonder when the "Southern Re-Route((13)) happens ; if ever?? That's an interesting reconfiguration; completely stopping Plank Road ; veering in Left onto Hooper hooking back around. Would there be a small " Flyover"; or likely just an "Underpass" for West bound traffic on Hooper approaching Harding Blvd.?? Was actually a bit surprise when they did the Northern Re-Route years ago curving the road East the
  4. Congressman Garrett Graves sent a notice in the mail today Here's the website https://garretgraves.house.gov/comite
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    Downtown latest: 95 units 'in the pipeline'; Buchanan garage work to start next month https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/business/article_50f97cd4-987a-11eb-87ce-97e5163ff2e9.html
  6. ^That mid - February Cold Spell was no joke! 65 consecutive hours Freezing NO JOKE for Baton Rouge! That time of Year again...St.Patrick's Day (March 17th) schools closed early for the Severe weather that came thru in the PM. Thankfully not too bad. March 23rd was a deluge/wash out...near 4" of rain in BR; 6 -7" near Houma/NOLA etc Last night Round #1 Squall-line had some Severe weather in the area including a EF0 Tornado (smallest on scale) near Watson. https://www.wbrz.com/news/ef0-tornado-touches-down-near-watson-thursday-morning/ Round #2 forecast to come thru in a few waves Late Friday /early Sat.
  7. ^ Guessing they will be 3 stories? Bon Carré getting $10 million renovation with green spaces; looks to attract restaurants https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_77178c48-97db-11eb-ac5f-bb3f51637661.html
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    ^ From above post in September & October^ Here is the lot on Government Street @ Edison Street Midway .....34 units in a four-story, 30,000 square-foot...near popular businesses such as Curbside Burgers, Calandro’s Supermarket and La Caretta Mexican Cuisine HOPEFULLY STARTING CONSTRUCTION SOON!
  9. Agreed Cajun.....4 lane w medians would work well on Old Hammond btwn Blvd de Provence & O'Neal; would be curious to see how they would do the two bridges at Jones Creek & Lively Bayou? Assuming you meant new bridge over the Amite for Hooper Road...as much as i;m sure it's needed headed toward growing Watson; often wondered if a new bridge over the Amite for a widened Harrel's Ferry Road into Denham Springs south would be more beneficial. Another alternate route to I-12 & Hwy 190. But no such plans exist. Your welcome. Me too....enjoy updated satellite aerials very much! Wish Google 3D would update in BR too.... Here's another Roundabout .... This one in the growing community of Central on the jagged Lovett Road at Magnolia Square...a mini urban village in the middle of rural suburbia; nice location for a Roundabout coming of a 90 degree curve
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    Mid City

    Glad to see something happening! Sorry to see COVID restrictions the Food Hall Mid City Artisans to sell products, offer classes from Square 46 store Square 46, the Mid City mixed-use development that formerly housed White Star Market, is getting a new retail tenant that will sell the work of local makers and offer classes to aspiring artisans. A newly formed local group called Mid City Artisans will station “a retail store and occasional small classes” in a 2,016-square-foot space within the development, according to the permit application that co-founder George Harris filed a couple of months after Bistro Byronz announced it was relocating to Square 46. Other than Bistro Byronz and Mid City Artisans, Square 46 already houses 3Tails Wine & Cheese. The 25,000-square-foot property is also home to multifamily and office space. https://www.businessreport.com/realestate/mid-city-artisans-to-sell-products-offer-classes-from-square-46-store
  11. Known as the Old Blue Cross Building then Direct General....still vacant ; 91,000 sq.ft office space ; built in 1967 Tallest building East of Airline Hwy @ 8 stories ; nearly a Mile & 1/2 from new Amazon Center Just now noticing the garbage in this pic on Florida Blvd
  12. Maybe our recommendations are read here on UP.....This was the prefect afflicted intersection for a Roundabout! Government/Independence/Lobdell New wall to the right is part of the new upscale residential development Adelia at Old Goodwood
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    Mid City

    First trip down Government Street to check out the "Road Diet" I am a fan.
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