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Howell Place

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Have thought about starting a thread for Howell Place many times....so here it is! Excellent location off Harding Blvd. across from the Metro Airport; bordering I-110/Airline Hwy/Plank Road. A great development for the underserved north BR area including Southern Univ; . The Hilton Garden Inn has been a HUGE success! As many as 5 or 6 hotels could be on the way! I always thought the airport hould have more hotels! Still this large development is somewhat suburban in nature.

The Harding Blvd is even more built up with the new Public Safety Complex across the street.

Howell Place also includes gas stations, a Burger King, International House of Pancakes and $38 million Baton Rouge Specialty Hospital. Also on tap is a dialysis center and a 50,000-square-foot office building for an engineering company, a new location for the YMCA, 350 assisted-living apartments and 280 mini-warehouses.

Preis said the success of the Hilton has helped attract interest from other hotels, and that interest has validated his vision for Howell Place. Preis started the development about a decade ago, arguing north Baton Rouge had been wrongly spurned by developers, who weren

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Preis donates land for Howell Place YMCA

Construction will start in late spring or early summer on a 12,000-square-foot YMCA branch in the Howell Place development in north Baton Rouge. Richard Preis, who is developing Howell Place, donated a 2.8-acre tract along 72nd Avenue, near Howell Boulevard, to the YMCA of the Capital Area. The land is valued at $900,000. "This all goes back to why I did Howell Place," Pries says. "It's about bringing services to the people vs. people having to go to the services." The Howell Place YMCA, which should open in August or September 2010, will cater to employees of the nearby ExxonMobil and Baton Rouge Coca-Cola plants, as well as Southern University and residents of Baker and Zachary. The state has put aside $850,000 in capital outlay funds for the project, says Bob Jacobs, president and CEO of the Capital YMCA. This will be the seventh YMCA facility in the Capital Region. Jacobs says the site is "nicely put together" and next to BREC ballparks and walking trails.

http://www.businessreport.com/archives/dai...009/jan/06/749/

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How many hotels does this area need....I can't help but think that it's robbing demand from future downtown establishments.

Besides, I'd rather see a movie theater, office park, and some shopping establishments. A good YMCA is a pretty good addition. Maybe LSU's new concept of smaller training "clinics" may come in the form of another outpatient medical facility here.

And Coca-Cola, Southern, and those medical offices should provide enough of a crowd for nicer dining establishments....wouldn't it be cool to see a nice cajun joint there?

I guess it's because the Airport is so close that they started building these Hotels?

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they really do need the hotels..there are not to many real decent hotels north of downtown... ive heard alot of people complain about having to ride across town to a hotel when visiting for a SU football game because the little hotels and the hilton was sold out and now with SU adding seating that means more visitors can now come than in the past...he's right on time .North Baton Rouge is not dying they are bring it back alive...1 thing im shocked about is seeing BAKER try to make a comback it's starting to look nice

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Thanks for the update Bryde :thumbsup:

Baton Rouge had been about the only city around it's size without a "full-service" hotel adjacent to the airport; would have to say this was loong overdue! Having Southern U; Industry, etc nearby only solidifies this!

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Thanks for the update Bryde :thumbsup:

Baton Rouge had been about the only city around it's size without a "full-service" hotel adjacent to the airport; would have to say this was loong overdue! Having Southern U; Industry, etc nearby only solidifies this!

.... what can I say, I'm content for now !!!!!! North Baton Rouge is finally getting the development needed. . . . now if I can only see sum small retail, apartments, and restaurants on the Scenic Hwy area bordering Southern University !!!!!! lol but one day at a time I guess. lol HEY YALL !!!! BEEN A WHILE !!! lol

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There was a time young grasshoppa when business lined Scenic Hwy and Scotland Ave. I can remember a movie theatre, grocery store and others.

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There was a time young grasshoppa when business lined Scenic Hwy and Scotland Ave. I can remember a movie theatre, grocery store and others.

Yeah I can tell that area used to be sumthing just from all the run down commercial space lining those streets, especially Scotland Ave. . . I only wish that I had pull to bring back or encourage businesses to revitalize this area. Scotlandville Magnet is producing great students, and Southern University and Scenic Highway has more than enough traffic flow and people in that area to make the Scenic/Scotland area a very nice place. And seeing how the commercial space is already there, it would be a heck of a lot cheaper to renovate that area than build up another area. All in all this area really isn't as much of an eyesore as I first expected. . Scenic from Harding to the Airline overpass could really use sum "sprucing" up, but the Southern Heights neighborhood along Harding to the SU overpass is very well kept, and Scotland Ave only needs revitalization. I'm almost sure that if SU does some collaboration with the city, this could really turn into something nice.

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That would be really nice to see more re-development in that corridor! The 3-story Palasaides apts. at Scenic Hwy have a nice gateway look going to the Southern U. campus!

The YMCA plans look nice with the swiming pool and basketball courts!!

First look at Howell Place YMCA released

The renderings for the Howell Place YMCA have been released. The 12,000-square-foot branch will be built near the intersection of Howell Boulevard and 72nd Avenue. Plans are to start construction in May or June and for the facility to be open by September 2010.

*little slideshow*

http://www.businessreport.com/archives/dai...009/feb/26/843/

East elevation

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That would be really nice to see more re-development in that corridor! The 3-story Palasaides apts. at Scenic Hwy have a nice gateway look going to the Southern U. campus!

The YMCA plans look nice with the swiming pool and basketball courts!!

First look at Howell Place YMCA released

The renderings for the Howell Place YMCA have been released. The 12,000-square-foot branch will be built near the intersection of Howell Boulevard and 72nd Avenue. Plans are to start construction in May or June and for the facility to be open by September 2010.

*little slideshow*

http://www.businessreport.com/archives/dai...009/feb/26/843/

East elevation

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YAY the Palisades is where I reside. . . . . . . but I intern at Southern University System Dept of Facilities Planning and let me tell you the plans for the SU Recreation Center, the SU Law Center, and the gateway for the SU overpass are second to none. We may be a small group of people, but they work their behinds off !!

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YAY the Palisades is where I reside. . . . . . . but I intern at Southern University System Dept of Facilities Planning and let me tell you the plans for the SU Recreation Center, the SU Law Center, and the gateway for the SU overpass are second to none. We may be a small group of people, but they work their behinds off !!

What are the plans for the SU Overpass?

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Yo! SUSAstudent...be sure to post something when you get the inside scoop on any details for the gateway development near the SU overpass! Thanks! :thumbsup:

That's cool you stay at the Palasaides; they look really nice!

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Yo! SUSAstudent...be sure to post something when you get the inside scoop on any details for the gateway development near the SU overpass! Thanks! :thumbsup:

That's cool you stay at the Palasaides; they look really nice!

I'll be sure to post the information up. I have the campus master plan at my apartment, there's over $200M in new construction,renovations, and landscaping to be done.

The endzone construction on AW Mumford is only a phase of what's to be done. In time, AW Mumford will be a bowl will parking garages on both the east and west grandstand side with retail on the first floor. I'm voicing my opinion as of right now about getting a deck added to the home side of the stadium, because a few of the SU games are too large for our stadium.(the Jackson State/SU game brings in a sold out crowd at SU, but when we travel to MS and play at Vet Memorial, theres about 50,000 spectators in attendance).

There's also plans for a new school of business, a very modern renovation of SU Law Center (steel and glass), and construction of apartments, retail, restaurants, and a new alumni center on the opposite side of harding from the Overpass to the river. . . . . but it's a matter of getting the funding... which I really would like to help with. I changed my major from architecture to finance. . . another story for another day. lol

The plans for the SU gateway will be a massive brick and steel archway above Harding Blvd at the intersection of Harding and Scenic. There will be a brick base with columns. There will be jaguar statues perched on top of the columns and the SU seal will be placed in the middle of the archway above Harding Blvd.

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Yo! SUSAstudent...be sure to post something when you get the inside scoop on any details for the gateway development near the SU overpass! Thanks! :thumbsup:

That's cool you stay at the Palasaides; they look really nice!

Yeah, they are really nice apartments. I'm not fond of the siding used for the complex tho. . . I think a brick facade would have really given the entrance to SU a more uh . . . robust feel if you will.. LOL

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^ The steel archway for the SU gateway would look great! I'm diggin the modern renovation for the Law Center...$money is a problem with everything these days it seems.

50,000 is a nice crowd at Miss Memorial Coliseum; I saw the cranes at the Mumford Stadiun; how much will it hold once complete?? 40,000 would be great!

I hear there is a revien/ditch that's caving in and some nearby buildings are in danger of being swallowed up...but they will hopefully fix that!

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^ The steel archway for the SU gateway would look great! I'm diggin the modern renovation for the Law Center...$money is a problem with everything these days it seems.

50,000 is a nice crowd at Miss Memorial Coliseum; I saw the cranes at the Mumford Stadiun; how much will it hold once complete?? 40,000 would be great!

I hear there is a revien/ditch that's caving in and some nearby buildings are in danger of being swallowed up...but they will hopefully fix that!

Mumford will be able to seat just shy of about 37,000 once complete, which is why I'm vouching for the deck. We spent about $17M in that endzone, and I dont think they took advantage of the horseshoe. While the addition was mainly meant for new athletic offices, conference rooms, suites, and locker rooms, the seating is just ridiculous. . it will only bring in about 2500 more seats to the stadium, but if they would have expanded the seating from the top of the addition to the field, we probably would have gotten in about 7500 more seats to the stadium. They only added seating from the second level of the addition up.

There is a huge ravine that runs directly throught the middle of our campus. . it separates the dorms/apartments from the academic core of the campus. Behind the ROTC buildings (located on the bluff in the "historic" part of campus) the land that those buildings are located on is sloughing. The ROTC buildings were already at the edge of the ravine, now it's caving in . . pretty scary to see. SU got emergency funding for that project, but it only covers temporary repairs, it will lost all of $30M to fix that problem, so you see funding for Southern is a major issue. . not to mention the money we do receive from the state we have to split for five campuses...

Southern University New Orleans

Southern University Shreveport

Southern University Baton Rouge

Southern University Law Center

Southern University Agricultural Center

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EBR authority to help fund Howell Place YMCA

The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, in its first major project, plans to convert $2.8 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits to help fund the Howell Place YMCA that will open this fall in Scotlandville.

The 22,000-square-foot YMCA, which will include a gymnasium paid for by BREC, is a signature project for north Baton Rouge that the YMCA of the Capital Area has been seeking for eight years. About 30,000 to 40,000 people a year are expected to use the site.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/business/94281029.html

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Good to see this finally happen...

Howell Place YMCA set for opening

The ExxonMobil YMCA will hold a grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. today. The 12,000-square-foot fitness center is located in the Howell Place development in north Baton Rouge. The Y will feature a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center, along with a gymnasium that is part of a cooperative agreement with BREC.

http://www.businessreport.com/archives/daily-report/2011/mar/14/2139/

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Ochsner expanding services in north Baton Rouge

Ochsner Health Systems is continuing its expansion in the Baton Rouge market with the opening of a clinic in Howell Place in north Baton Rouge. The clinic will have two, full-time primary care providers as well as a rotating bank of specialists. The clinic will be operated out of the Greater Baton Rouge Surgical Hospital, with which it is partnering on the deal. "I think north Baton Rouge is a great market with a lot of patients and a lot of industry," says Eric McMillen, acting CEO and chief operating officer of Ochsner Medical Center, Baton Rouge. "It's a market we're not in today, so we certainly want to be there."

The clinic marks the sixth facility the New Orleans-based Ochsner has opened in Baton Rouge since 2005. Others are located on Jefferson Highway and O'Neal Lane in Baton Rouge—where Ochsner also operates an acute-care hospital—in addition to facilities in Denham Springs, Prairieville and Central. Additionally, Ochsner recently announced plans to open a medical center in Plaquemine in 2014 that will include a clinic, emergency room, outpatient facility, and diagnostic and testing labs

http://www.businessreport.com/section/daily-reportAM&date=20120813

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