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  1. Local group continues pushing for alternative I-10 plan https://www.businessreport.com/business/local-group-continues-fight-against-i-10-widening This proposal might be a good idea....
  2. WINTER in BR was pretty decent ; we had 15 Freezes...and plenty of other Low temps 33, 34, 35 etc BR averages about 20 Freezes per Year.... 21 degrees was the Coldest recorded in mid January ...December was way too warm All types of severe weather expected Tuesday; Baton Rouge area in part of bulls-eye as some schools close Its that time of year again ...Strong Spring Storm headed thru the area Tuesday ....Spring Equinox was yesterday Area schools are closed except EBR (early dismissal) https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_b4705d38-a917-11ec-a6bb-8f3f75431be0.html The Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma is warning that the weather could be especially rough in portions of Louisiana and southern Mississippi tomorrow, designating the area as having a "moderate risk" of severe weather.
  3. Business owners present plans to beautify Perkins Road underpass, hope to rally community support https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_15fb04cc-a490-11ec-9fd0-0bce8bfb3a78.html Four businesses are lobbying to turn the drab, dusty stretch of Perkins Road where they operate into a pedestrian friendly pathway with green space. The owners of Varsity Sports, BLDG 5, Moreau Physical Therapy and Ivar's Sports Bar presented plans to beautify the road between Reymond Avenue and Christian Street in hopes of rallying community support. Renderings created by Carbo Landscape and Architecture showed additional lighting underneath the Perkins Road underpass, pathways lined with vegetation and reorganized parking. The reorganized parking wouldn't significantly reduce the number of available spaces, a concern for some residents and business owners in the busy area.
  4. $500 million for new bridge in Baton Rouge making waves, 'Not in the best interest of the state' https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_0d2b3ce4-a46e-11ec-b69c-2b4028a538e4.html
  5. 75 foot glass tower will look cool near Siegen / I-10 A new, 75-foot-tall 'car vending machine' is set to be built in Baton Rouge next to I-10 https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_f69dd06c-a09a-11ec-9e1c-27710f4f5a10.html
  6. richyb83

    MoveEBR

    MoveBR project hopes to be complete by end of 2023 https://www.wafb.com/2022/03/09/movebr-project-hopes-be-complete-by-end-2023/ https://movebr.brla.gov/page/movebr-signal-improvements A connected city with centrally managed mobility Real-time control of traffic signals Ability to adjust signal timing during: Incidents (wrecks, signal service, wide-loads, etc.) Special events (football, concerts, etc.) Emergency evacuations Unusual traffic congestion Interstate construction projects Faster emergency response times Consistent commute times
  7. Curious to see what 286-unit "The Standard" @ Towne Center will look like? So it's going in the old Books A Million bldg. ...does this mean Five Guys hamburgers will be moving too? District Donuts to close Baton Rouge location ahead of Towne Center redevelopment https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_c7a3f30a-9b08-11ec-971c-4b954049cd71.html District Donuts Sliders Brew will close its Towne Center location after nearly 5 years in business. The doughnut shop will shut down on March 15. In a statement, District Donuts said it was closing because Towne Center is relocating several businesses to make room for redevelopment of the lifestyle center. Towne Center officials declined to comment on a potential redevelopment. But in September, the East Baton Rouge Planning Commission approved plans for The Standard @Towne Center, a 286-unit apartment complex with a parking garage. The complex would be built on the site of a building that was anchored by the former Books-A-Million store. There are several existing businesses in that building, including the popular restaurants Five Guys and Zea Rotisserie & Bar. District Donuts has six locations: three in New Orleans, one in Jefferson, one in Jackson, Mississippi and one on the Las Vegas Strip. District Donuts is the second restaurant in Towne Center to close this year. Bonefish Grill shut down in early January, the same month the restaurant's lease was up.
  8. The Gateway Buildings have always been cool...especially lit up at night
  9. richyb83

    Mid City

    Government Street medians continuously damaged by distracted drivers BATON ROUGE - Months after completion, drivers are still getting used to the new Government Street layout. Gardeners were busy at work Tuesday afternoon tending to the newly-built flower beds in the medians, which are constantly damaged by the vast amount of traffic moving through the area. "Distracted driving and speeding is a problem and we need to stop that on Government Street," DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett said. Mallett says distracted drivers are partially to blame for the constant upkeep that is needed for the flower beds. That, along with regular drivers still being unfamiliar with the more narrow roadway. "Once the people who drive Government Street, drive it regularly, and get used to driving it, we anticipate this kind of activity to drop off," Mallett said in October. Landscaping crews are contractually obligated to repair the median greenery weekly, according to Mallet. To preserve their beauty, drivers are asked to be alert when behind the wheel. "We need drivers mainly to pay attention. The landscaping is not in the travel lane. So, if they can stay in the travel lane, then we will have less impact on the landscaping." The state still has ownership of Government Street, which will be transferred to the city by the end of the year. As of now, DOTD has no official figure on how much maintenance will cost taxpayers. https://www.wbrz.com/news/government-street-medians-continuously-damaged-by-distracted-drivers
  10. New Orleans’ iconic hot dogs come to Baton Rouge via new downtown location https://www.225batonrouge.com/food-drink/new-orleans-iconic-hot-dogs-come-baton-rouge-via-new-downtown-location The frankfurter-shaped Lucky Dogs hot dog stand, a New Orleans staple traditionally available on late nights in the French Quarter, has made its way up the Mississippi River to downtown Baton Rouge. The stand, located in front of Downtown Grocery at the corner of Third and Florida streets, opened the evening of Friday, Feb. 11
  11. Took a quick visit to Houston for a P.O.D./ Living Sacrifice Concert last weekend of JAnuary Downtown Houston's Bold Skyline continues to grow & the lighting of the Skyscrapers has improved! Near Discovery Green
  12. ...Tsunami put the hip in downtown dining on the Shaw Center for the Arts rooftop deck.... But the 2nd (new) location is at the interesting mixed-use Highland development ...When this is all complete will need to go check it out! Interesting property location adjacent to the Bluebonnet Swamp! Judging by the Renderings on the website the this building could be 4 or 5 stories? Tsunami plans second Baton Rouge location, see where it will be https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_6d971aa8-8ddf-11ec-bac4-cbdd78e8a3b1.html The upscale nature of Tsunami and its sleek design align with the goals of making @Highland a technology campus, Chadwick said. The owners of the restaurant also like the idea that the two locations are on opposite sides of the city, which allows Tsunami to serve the whole market. @Highland had been looking for a tenant that would bring high-end restaurant service to the Highland-Bluebonnet area. “We think Tsunami does that quite well,” Chadwick said. Tsunami also has locations in Lafayette and New Orleans. With the Tsunami deal, all of the retail space in @Highland has been claimed. Work is set to start soon on a second building, which will feature up to 240 apartments and 25,000 square feet of commercial and office space. PHASE TWO Announcement Coming Soon https://athighland.com/
  13. Could have put in restaurant thread ...Tsunami put the hip in downtown dining on the Shaw Center for the Arts rooftop deck.... But the 2nd (new) location is at the interesting mixed-use Highland development ...When this is all complete will need to go check it out! Interesting property location adjacent to the Bluebonnet Swamp! Judging by the Renderings on the website the this building could be 4 or 5 stories? Tsunami plans second Baton Rouge location, see where it will be https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_6d971aa8-8ddf-11ec-bac4-cbdd78e8a3b1.html The upscale nature of Tsunami and its sleek design align with the goals of making @Highland a technology campus, Chadwick said. The owners of the restaurant also like the idea that the two locations are on opposite sides of the city, which allows Tsunami to serve the whole market. @Highland had been looking for a tenant that would bring high-end restaurant service to the Highland-Bluebonnet area. “We think Tsunami does that quite well,” Chadwick said. Tsunami also has locations in Lafayette and New Orleans. With the Tsunami deal, all of the retail space in @Highland has been claimed. Work is set to start soon on a second building, which will feature up to 240 apartments and 25,000 square feet of commercial and office space. PHASE TWO Announcement Coming Soon https://athighland.com/
  14. NICE WORK Cajun!! Like the different Color-coded routes....... like how you tied the northern route to the Audubon Bridge Years ago here on UP I drew up Southern By- Pass much like your route from I-10 Tanger Mall/East ...along Hwy 30 corridor up to near Casino then across River (like yours); but had it connecting Hwy 415/Westport extension w "New" Bridge over the Intracoastal Canal.... Somehow Tie that in to the West Bank Expressway paralleling Hwy 1 ....helps to have extra hurricane evacuation routes too! .....Not sure how far West the Western route would be allowed to go where the Atchafalaya Heritage Area is concerned
  15. I think Central has more donut shops per capita in Louisiana than any other place lol .....Interesting spot there on O'Neal Lane! Seems almost anything in BR that gets too big needs to relocate to larger places like Dallas ; Houston; Atlanta; Nashville ; Charlotte ; etc..frustrating to be stuck in a status quo mid-sized city. Walk-On’s new Atlanta office serves as warning for Baton Rouge https://www.businessreport.com/newsletters/jr-ball-walk-ons-new-atlanta-office-serves-as-warning-for-baton-rouge Sure, Brandon Landry, the company’s founder and CEO, put a wonderful spin on the news. Sounding like a politician stumping for votes, the former LSU basketball walk-on turned All-America entrepreneur made it clear the company will remain based in Baton Rouge, adding, “Louisiana will always be the heartbeat and home of our brand.” However, the most telling words he said—at least from the Baton Rouge point of view—were these: “… but our incredible growth and vision to be more than a restaurant demands that we do everything possible to field a best-in-class team across all areas of business.” Translation: Baton Rouge is great if you’re looking for tap-pulling bartenders, midriff-bearing waitresses and clever marketing folks, but when it comes to high-level, brainiac executives with franchise-building credentials then Atlanta is the place you want to be. It’s the same nuance-filled story Todd Graves spun in 2009, with the chicken tender king saying the Raising Cane’s headquarters would remain in Baton Rouge even though most of its existing and newly hired C-suite executives would work from the company’s corporate office in Plano, just north of Dallas. Let’s be clear, this is no criticism of Walk-On’s or Raising Cane’s. The reality of the business they’ve chosen is franchise foodie executives cluster in a handful of cities and the only way they’ll join your payroll is by bringing the job to them. From the broader Baton Rouge perspective, however, the Walk-On’s announcement is simply the latest example of talented, highly educated people either not moving here or—as has been the case for years—leaving the area for a hotspot destination shortly after earning their TOPS-funded degree from LSU or Southern University. This outmigration is a problem with far-reaching and long-term impacts on the quality of life and economy of Baton Rouge, Ball writes.
  16. Memories there ....staying at the old dinosaur at Summer Basketball Camp as kids...one of BR's Tallest Residential buildings is coming down. That should be an event to watch implode! Kirby Smith Hall will be imploded in June, LSU says — for real, this time https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_71a6ea1c-8856-11ec-9aad-77dcb8cca58a.html
  17. YES INDEED! Should look good at that location! Solid infill in a vacant area. The 3 story office fronting Nicholson is being converted into residential lofts.
  18. DOTD planning to add HOV lanes to I-12 in coming years BATON ROUGE - In a little less than a decade from now, Baton Rouge may no longer be infamous for rush-hour traffic congestion. That's the vision at DOTD headquarters, where officials are moving through plan after plan to reduce congestion on major roadways such as I-10 and I-12. A new bridge over the Mississippi River, a widened I-10 and now high occupancy vehicle lanes are being added to the ever-growing list of improvements. "You also think about major construction that’s going to be happening on I-10, we know that we’re going to be having a choke point and this is just one of the many measures trying to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled on our highways," DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson said. The HOV lanes will use the inner shoulders on I-12 in both directions as additional lane during certain high-traffic hours of the day. With a white double-striped line as a barrier, the HOV lanes will stretch from the Drusilla overpass on I-12, to the Walker South Road exit. It's an effort to relieve rush-hour delays, with an environmentally friendly approach of encouraging drivers to carpool to and from their destination. "It just absolutely makes sense. It’s cheaper for families to carpool, it’s safer in terms of having fewer vehicles on the roads and from a climate change perspective we’re going to be reducing emissions even greater if we can reduce the amount of people on the roads," Wilson said. To dissuade drivers from abusing the system, technology such as heat-sensing cameras will be placed along the lanes. Wilson added, he's hoping DOTD can trust drivers to use the "honor system." Seriously, though, we want to trust people. We will write tickets if you violate those procedures. With the cameras we will be able to verify that. This is a free service, and if we abuse it, then it does no good. So, we’re going to trust that our citizens are going to do the right thing," Wilson said. The project is currently in the process of being designed. Once construction begins, one of the first steps will be re-paving the future lanes. The entire project is estimated to take up to 6 1/2 years to be completed. https://www.wbrz.com/news/dotd-planning-to-add-hov-lanes-to-i-12-in-coming-years/
  19. Afflicted ...can't believe that small stretch of I-10 stayed just TWO lanes This I-10 change is going to mean massive traffic jams in Baton Rouge: 'It's going to be a pain' The work is scheduled to start in 2024 and last about a year. https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_2d16cc4a-83a7-11ec-baa8-9721bd84b347.html
  20. Yep me too Dan326.....i'm in the Millerville area ...same thing....didn't pass the smell test. Way more than messages going on.
  21. Interesting to see this shady message parlors....no real surprise Behind a web of illicit Louisiana massage parlors: casino money laundering, weak regulation https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_3425b9e0-82b9-11ec-ad68-e3376bd87d27.html
  22. richyb83

    Lafayette

    Where have i seen this before?? ...Big project ON HOLD...plans scaled back.....Two Towers now plan one smaller one ...demand still there...still wants to build a High-Rise...so guessing should be at least 12-stories to qualify as a High Rise... Tower project in downtown Lafayette on hold for now, developer says https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/business/article_5c3c80bc-7ec2-11ec-8b72-c7983decb15f.html
  23. Gov. Edwards’ budget proposal brings new Mississippi River bridge closer to reality https://www.businessreport.com/politics/gov-edwards-budget-proposal-big-on-infrastructure-education *More than $1.1 billion in infrastructure funding, including $500 million for the new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge, *$100 million for the Interstate 10 Calcasieu River bridge in Lake Charles, * $100 million for the I-49 Lafayette Connector, and $500 million for water and sewer improvements statewide. Have been thinking about starting a new Lake Charles thread with bridge announcement & Bank tower building beaten up by Hurricane Laura...but it may be archived here on UP like its older counterpart thread.
  24. We could easily talk an hour on this subject in person. Interesting times ...Agenda 21 & 2030 have been looming....we are coming at a crossroads now.
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