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    Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    Controversy again....will look for Site plans when get time... Proposed mixed-use development near CCLA stirring controversy
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    The Health District

    Plenty happening in the Health District aka The "Medical Corridor".... Driving South down I-10...the Children's Hospital is looking good with the multi-color glass panels btwn Essen/Bluebonnet & think the north section of Midway Ave construction is also under way. Driving past Bluebonnet/Picardy the High Grove area is looking pretty impressive with the 3 & 4 story condo's lined-up(NOT SHOWN on PIC) on a large swath of land along Ward's Creek! In front of it the new Oschner medical complex looks topped off...(see article) Just outside the district; In Siegen Village Top Golf Going- vertical looks impressive(old Tinseltown site) Ochsner making progress on High Grove, 'western anchor' off I-10 The first pilings of a bridge have been erected over Ward Creek, connecting the High Grove with the luxury apartment complex of the same name. The medical buildings, representing 255,000 square feet, are awaiting walls and windows and air conditioning, among other things. The infant roads, parking lots and roundabout outside are currently still dirt and gravel. Officials say the project is on track to meet Ochsner’s “aggressive” construction timeline, which will have medical staff moving into the medical office building at the beginning of December, and completion of the hospital next March. The construction timeline only includes what officials called phase one. Phase two will likely expand the hospital from four to eight operating rooms, among other things. The hospital also is built to be able to handle five total stories, though Austin said there are no immediate plans to add on to it. Officials are also working to expand the boundaries of the Baton Rouge Health District to include the High Grove, Suzy Sonnier, executive director of the district, confirmed. Eventually, the walking path lining Ward Creek on the other side from the medical center will link up with other BREC paths, including those in a “health loop” in the district.
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    Plan Baton Rouge

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    Mid City

    Highly anticipated White Star Market in Baton Rouge sets opening date for public White Star Market, the long-awaited Mid City food hall, is set to open to the public at 7 a.m. May 17. Tenants in the market, which will anchor the Square46 development at 4624 Government St., are Gov’t Taco, a Mexican restaurant by former Food Network contestant Jay Ducote; Jolie @the Market, the second location of Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar; Michael Mangham’s Southern Plate, which will offer bistro fare; Fete Au Fete, a Creole restaurant; Reve Coffee Roasters, a local version of the popular downtown Lafayette coffee shop, Chow Yum Phat, which will specialize in Asian street food like ramen and pho; Dat’z Italian, which will sell wood-fired pizzas and homemade lasagna; The Big Squeezy, another location of the local juice chain; and Mouton, which will sell craft cocktails, beer and wine. The market will have two sneak preview openings: during the Hot Art Cool Nights festival at 4 p.m. Friday. Vendors will have limited menus for the arts event. After that, the market will close for several more days of training and preparation and reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a ticketed event. Tickets are $50 for one person and a guest. A $50 gift card for the market will be given to the people who sign up, any unused balance can be used at later visits. When it opens May 17, normal hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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    Plan Baton Rouge

    Plan BR may have been my 1st Topic ever started here on UP...It took a while after posting so much in BR Growth/Development thread when i started; NCB (Nate) who started Louisiana NOLA/BR Forums helped me get it going Great article...lengthy.....Plan BR was started 20 years ago...what a success it has been putting pieces of the puzzle together! Still unfinished...looking forward seeing what's next! Starting w Consolidating State Office Buildings near Capitol Park; Shaw Center for the Arts & Hilton Capitol Center; North Blvd Town Square; II City Plaza; Commerce Bldg & Cap One Bldg. renovation; Super Market ; IBM Block; etc... Plan Baton Rouge scores big in its 20-year quest to revitalize downtown In June 1998, Baton Rouge embarked on one of the most comprehensive and significant planning processes in its history—a citywide effort aimed at transforming its dying downtown into a New Urbanist-inspired vision of a walkable, vibrant community where a diverse population could live, work and play.
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    New Urbanism

    Thanks for the Site Plan Dan Like to observe the cool broken street-grid in these type of developments Wish they didn't stick Residential Box right in the middle of the map. (Put on Top like Charter School Box) 275 homes in an area that size is pretty impressive. Guessing commercial/retail will front Airline Hwy...Wonder where multi-family complex family will go?
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    Baton Rouge Single Family Developments

    Speaking of ....The location for this proposal for the Village-type development that was never has NEW Plans instead... VINTAGE PLACE..... Currently Under Construction..... Several other small Residential Infill pockets are also Under Construction in the Shenandoah area...Wish i had all of their names ; 3 or 4?
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    New Urbanism

    This Project was first mentioned here way back in August 2012.... Actually has a name now "Materra" at the old Briarwood CC...a Elite Charter School is now under construction....Looking forward seeing "official" Site Plan...Barely remember seeing something in newspaper back in 12' The final development plan and first phase of a long discussed mixed-use development that would be built next to Woman’s Hospital is set to go before the city-parish Planning Commission in June. Materra would consist of a mix of single family and multi-family homes, commercial and restaurant space. The 100-acre site is next to the BASIS Charter School, which already is under construction and set to open in time for the 2018-19 school year. John Engquist, the CEO of Baton Rouge-based H&E Equipment Services, is developing Materra. Engquist is involved in several other high-profile mixed-use developments in East Baton Rouge Parish, including the Americana traditional neighborhood development in Zachary and Rouzan on Perkins Road. When Woman’s moved its facility southward on Airline Highway in 2012, the hospital took up less than half of the 225-acre site, which had been home of the Briarwood Golf Course. Hospital officials said they had plans to build a mixed-use development on the land. The hospital’s foundation still owns the property. Teri Fontenot, president and chief executive officer of Woman’s, said Materra fits the hospital’s plans to create a place that enhances the lives of its patients, employees, doctors and the surrounding community. “With the development of Materra, Woman’s will be a destination that provides opportunities for living, socializing, working and shopping,” she said. “Our partner, John Engquist, has a proven track record of success, and we are excited about Materra becoming a paradigm for healthy, active living in our community.” The first phase would include 141 lots over 32.5 acres, according to documents submitted to the Planning Commission, with 124 for low-density, single-family homes, while 17 would be medium density. The development will eventually include more than 500,000 square feet of commercial space, 23,500 square feet of restaurant space, 198 high-density residential units, 174 single-family homes and 163 medium-density units. Woman’s officials have said the commercial space will mainly be for shops and services to support residents, patients, staff and visitors — such as a pharmacy. The city-parish Planning Commission is set to vote on Materra at its June 18 meeting. Stan Shelton, a senior vice president with Woman’s, has said construction on the development is likely to start in 2019.
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    Baton Rouge Coffee House

    Cool BR History Video...Cool old pics of Third Street & old Paramount Theatre Mostly BR & surrounding area; The Airline Hwy @ Florida Street Traffic Circle aka Roundabout (4:31) I- 10 Bridge Construction (4:41)...after 7 mins mostly just food
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    Plan Baton Rouge

    Good question Dan DDD Commission Meeting May 8, 2018 8:00 a.m. The Lyceum Historic Meeting & Events Center, 124 Third Street AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Declare Quorum 3. Approve Agenda 4. Approve April 10, 2018 Minutes 5. Board Action 6. Governmental Issues • Riverboat Gaming • Utility Paint Ordinance 7. Update from Previous Board Meeting 8. Development Initiatives • Developments Underway • Downtown East Update • DDD 30th Anniversary • Pedestrian and Bike Master Plan • City Hall Plaza • Riverfront Plaza • Town Square Phase II • Downtown Greenway • Downtown Maintenance Committee • New Business 9. Events • Corked 5K - May 12 • Music and Mudbugs - May 12 • Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival - May 19 & 20 • GymFitBR Festival - May 26 • For Our Fallen Hump - May 26 • CANN 5K - June 2 • Happy's 5K - June 2 • Oyster Festival - June 30 • Preserve Louisiana/ Old Governor's Mansion • Manship Theatre/ LSU MOA • Capitol Park Museum • Old State Capitol • River Center Events • LASM • USS KIDD 10. Strategic Plan • Plan Baton Rouge II 11. Ongoing Projects • CPEX • BREADA • DBA 12. Correspondence 13. Public Comment
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    Baton Rouge Single Family Developments

    That's cool them preserving history & making it the center piece of these developments. Wish they would re-visit this Tropical Village-style development like this one that was slated to be built in Shenandoah off Jones Creek Rd. near Woodlawn Middle school; several years ago. If not that location...somewhere on BR
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    Plan Baton Rouge

    A MESSAGE FROM THE DDD add to calendar >> central green >>
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    LSU North Gate area bracing for increased competition from Nicholson Gateway Commercial development near LSU is booming—at least on some sides of campus. To the west, LSU’s massive Nicholson Gateway Development is nearing its expected fall completion. To the south, several commercial and mixed-use developments are underway along Burbank Drive, from Highland Road all the way out to Bluebonnet Boulevard. But the story is much different around LSU’s North Gate—Baton Rouge’s second-oldest commercial neighborhood. Nicholson Gateway marks the first phase of a total transformation of the Nicholson Drive corridor—the largest underdeveloped tract of university-owned property adjacent to the heart of campus. The 28-acre site between West Chimes Street and Skip Bertman Drive will feature 38,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by Matherne’s Market, and 1,625 parking spots. North Gate, on the other hand, has neither grocery stores nor adequate parking. It does, however, claim some of Baton Rouge’s most legendary businesses, including The Chimes, Louie’s Cafe and the original Raising Cane’s. Still, being so close to campus has been paradoxically difficult for the area. Bounded by Highland Road, West State Street, Lake Street and Chimes Street, the historic district is “limited” in its capabilities, says Highland Coffees owner Clarke Cadzow, who doubles as a recreational North Gate historian. Chief among these: Business nearly comes to a screeching halt when classes are not in session. “When one adds up all of the school holidays at LSU and the periods between semesters, one gets about 16 weeks, or close to four months,” Cadzow says. “That number does not include summer school, which, of course, has far fewer enrolled students than do the fall and spring semesters.” From 1925 until the early 1980s, Cadzow says, most off-campus dining and shopping took place in the North Gate area, then known as Tiger Town. Before 1980, there was little restaurant or retail development south of campus. Since that time, however, an influx of new apartments for LSU students have been built south of campus, not to mention the newer on-campus amenities available to the LSU community. Restaurants and retail stores followed. Real estate broker Jonathan Walker of Maestri-Murrell Commercial Real Estate says the city’s southern section is seeing most of the development because of a “greener pastures effect,” fueled by a housing boom. In line with Baton Rouge’s current retail trends, these developments are primarily “stores you can’t find online” that offer “a service and an experience,” he says, including nail salons, restaurants and fitness centers. Walker says the Nicholson Gateway development and the North Gate area primarily target the same consumer: students. “Retail follows rooftops,” he says, adding, “Nicholson Gateway is on campus, so I think they’ve got to be able to survive just by the student population.” Cadzow maintains the North Gate area still has its charm. Every fall, for example, it hosts the North Gate Fest, a popular music and arts festival held on Chimes Street. “There is no doubt that the competition will continue to increase, but we have no control over that,” he says. “We need to continue to remind people that we are here … and that we are worth supporting.”