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Does anyone have any updated information on Audubon's Baton Rouge study? This doesn't seem to be getting much press from local media, especially the Business Report. Any information on the likelihood of something being built and what it could be would be great. Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to the BR Forum dinner roll; thanks for starting these threads.

I just brought this up in the Plan BR Forum not long ago, I was wondering myself. I haven't heard anything recently, they are supposed to make a decison sometime this Summer hopefully! If Audubon's name is mentioned; it sure sounds positive :thumbsup: It will be interesting to see what ideas they have come up with!

I wanted to propose a RiverArium (smaller aquarium) at the old BR WaterWorks(I started thread with little fanfare) property on River Road; with native La. fish from the Atchafayala to the coastal marshes; maybe with small wildlife museum?? It could compliment the emerging cultural district downtown near the LASM/Planetarium; Old State Capitol; Shaw Center for the Arts.

Lots of developments starting to happen this Summer...finally!

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Does anyone have any updated information on Audubon's Baton Rouge study? This doesn't seem to be getting much press from local media, especially the Business Report. Any information on the likelihood of something being built and what it could be would be great. Thanks in advance.

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^ Thanks Gauge, and welcome to the Forums :thumbsup: And thanks for the imput too; you have some impressive aquariums mentioned above.

That's more of a "wish" I guess. Something to keep the "watery" theme at the WaterWorks property in downtown's emerging cultural district.

If we all got together and sent some ideas to Audubon via their website???, I wonder if they may consider the idea?? Or I can call the WaterWorks property myself and recommend a riverarium; might they hang-up on me?? :lol:

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I would love to see something like the Dallas Aquarium rainforest atrium or an aquarium done in the same design as that pool/stadium Beijing.

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^^very cool.

Imagine driving over the bridge and seeing that. How cool would that be?

Something touristy to do downtown during the weekend daytime hours, which would bring demand for a hotel or something. I know I have been stressing that like crazy lately.

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Wow Dan, that looks really nice! That could go at the WaterWorks property and really compliment the Shaw Center for the Arts (and Trahan's whacky modern sculpture condo;but is that going to really happen??) We should submit this to Audubon Institute! :)

That would look cool coming from the bridge!

brresident, are you saying building a "brand new" hotel off the ground? They plan on renovating the Hotel King into a 93-room boutique hotel across from the Hilton Capitol Center sometime soon. Or are you talking about building a larger hotel?? Maybe 250 rooms??

Wonder what the large white tarp/sheet is for covering the old Jumonville warehouse on Lafayette Street :dontknow:

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Wonder what the large white tarp/sheet is for covering the old Jumonville warehouse on Lafayette Street :dontknow:

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^ Thanks for the heads-up flatiger :thumbsup: I would not want anybody looking at that eye-sore across the street either. The hotel is much too nice for that! Trahan purchased the Jumonville bldg./warehouse with big plans; including moving their architectural firm on the 2nd and 3rd floors with residential lofts on top and ground level retail. I would like to know the status??

> With Siegen Village10 closing; some locals are upset bec. they showed "independent films"; with no replacement cinema. I think a small independent movie theatre might work well in the area(Jumonville bldg.) around Shaw Center/Hilton Capitol Center ; as part of downtown's Entertainment District.

A new Jazz/Blues club is supposed to open next door later this Summer(July?) It's a bit confusing because the building itself is in two-different sections.

^You are right flatiger about the overgrown areas around BR. In this months 225 Entertainment Magizine they had some major complaints in the College Drive/Corporate Blvd area. Winning the "Ugly Award"; the story was titled "Corporate Weed". They called the area a "high-rent ghetto".

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With Siegen Village10 closing; some locals are upset bec. they showed "independent films"; with no replacement cinema. I think a small independent movie theatre might work well in the area(Jumonville bldg.) around Shaw Center/Hilton Capitol Center ; as part of downtown's Entertainment District.

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^ Yeah brresident, it's not my crowd either. Just thinking it could work downtown.

A FOX Sports Grill would be fantastic downtown; however since BR has no "Pro" franchises, I don't ever see it happening.

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Any word on when the results of the study will be released?

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This could have gone on a few other threads....

Still no word from Audubon??? :dontknow: I attempted to contact them(maybe e-mailed wrong person??) about a month back.

I had proposed a smaller version of an aquaruim; called a Riverarium on the old BR Waterworks site; keeping with the "watery" theme.

This was BR Waterworks attempt to "beautify" by cutting the grass and adding this cast-iron fence surrounding the property "eye-sore" in the heart of the emerging cultural district.

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I think this would be a perfect location on River Road between all of this: the Hilton Capitol Center; Shaw Center for the Arts/Lafayette Street pocket park; Old State Capitol; La.Arts & Science Museum/Planetarium(off pic to right); and the USS Kidd/Museum just down the road.

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>>Hopefully we will hear something no later than September since Summer officially ends Sept 21st???

Any other ideas for a destination attractions for downtown the Audubon Institute could use in thier study?? ??

I started a BR Waterworks thread a long time ago with little response. <_<

Also wanted to paint the historic water tower red for an iconic 100 foot "Red Stick"; but the historic preservation people will hear none of it....

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>>Hopefully we will hear something no later than September since Summer officially ends Sept 21st???

Any other ideas for a destination attractions for downtown the Audubon Institute could use in thier study?? ??

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This could have gone on a few other threads....

Still no word from Audubon??? :dontknow: I attempted to contact them(maybe e-mailed wrong person??) about a month back.

I had proposed a smaller version of an aquaruim; called a Riverarium on the old BR Waterworks site; keeping with the "watery" theme.

This was BR Waterworks attempt to "beautify" by cutting the grass and adding this cast-iron fence surrounding the property "eye-sore" in the heart of the emerging cultural district.

71107045ws5.jpg

71107044kp3.jpg

I think this would be a perfect location on River Road between all of this: the Hilton Capitol Center; Shaw Center for the Arts/Lafayette Street pocket park; Old State Capitol; La.Arts & Science Museum/Planetarium(off pic to right); and the USS Kidd/Museum just down the road.

71107031ol7.jpg

>>Hopefully we will hear something no later than September since Summer officially ends Sept 21st???

Any other ideas for a destination attractions for downtown the Audubon Institute could use in thier study?? ??

I started a BR Waterworks thread a long time ago with little response. <_<

Also wanted to paint the historic water tower red for an iconic 100 foot "Red Stick"; but the historic preservation people will hear none of it....

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OMG!!!! I have been saying I wished they would paint that water tower red, for the "Red Stick". I think it would have been really cool. It's a shame the historic preservation wouldn't go along with it. It's not like it would take away from it's historic value. Do you guys think that BR Waterworks property is big enough for a project. I always considered it to be a small track of land.

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I wonder what ever happend to this? Maybe they found that they couldn't do anything and didn't want to cause any disappointment so they let it slide into obscurity. :dontknow:

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Diner Roll, I figure we my as well finish what you started. Revive this old thread :thumbsup: Great to see so much happening in BR!!! This project exceeds any expectations that I had!

News Alert: City to reveal details of downtown Audubon project

At a news conference this afternoon, city-parish officials will unveil the second component of a $989 million proposed bond proposition--a major one-of-a-kind tourism attraction in the form of a 220,000-square-foot nature center on the riverfront.

According to the proposal, the Audubon Nature Institute will run Audubon Alive, which will cost $305 million to build. It is contingent upon East Baton Rouge Parish voters agreeing to a 9.9-mil property tax and a

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Wow. Just wow. This is bigger and better than anything I expected. This has the potential to change Baton Rouge for the better in a way that no other project ever has. For comparison, New Orleans' Aquarium of the Americas is 170,000 square feet. This Baton Rouge Audubon project would be 220,000 square feet.

Here is a link to another article on this:

http://www.nola.com/frontpage/t-p/index.ss...09926636570.xml

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If this bond proposal fails, and we lose this, and the other projects, I will seriously just cry........ :mellow:

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I am just in AWE!!! of this... I NEVER imagined something on this scale. I figured it would be some clunky museum. This is truely off the chain, it really has the potential to change dwntwn and the city in a way never thought possible. I have no problems voting for the tax increase if we get this along with the RiverCenter additions. With all the development taking place and the ones on the drawing boards BR will truely have a true place on the map. BRAVO!!!! :shades:

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Where is this supposed to be? It would probably kick ass if it's built.

It's nice and all, but I am having trouble depending on the state to put up much of anything, especially since this will ignite a political firestorm of epic proportions. New Orleans will HATE THIS.

I am going to be in the doubters column for now.

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^ Correct me if I'm wrong; but I believe EBR will be picking up the tab $$ on this?? (like Pinnacle casino) Right?? The state will not fund this.

Good question on the location for Audubon Alive! There would seem to be the most space across from the Capitol Visitors Center; on about 1/2 of the land that's the proposed DeSoto Park. Not sure where the R.R. would come into play?? The only other spot I could think of is too narrow; connecting it to LASM and then having to add skywalks over River Road connecting the BR Water Works property in front of the Shaw Center.

This definetly has my vote!!! Thanks Mayor Holden for helping take BR to the next level with these major league projects!!

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^ Correct me if I'm wrong; but I believe EBR will be picking up the tab $$ on this?? (like Pinnacle casino) Right?? The state will not fund this.

Good question on the location for Audubon Alive! There would seem to be the most space across from the Capitol Visitors Center; on about 1/2 of the land that's the proposed DeSoto Park. Not sure where the R.R. would come into play?? The only other spot I could think of is too narrow; connecting it to LASM and then having to add skywalks over River Road connecting the BR Water Works property in front of the Shaw Center.

This definetly has my vote!!! Thanks Mayor Holden for helping take BR to the next level with these major league projects!!

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