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Just signed up (been living in BR for about 4 years) and wondering if I could find some info about a few areas of Baton Rouge:

1) why isn't there any development around River rd behind LSU? I'm guessing because it's school owned? But seems like that area would be prime real estate for upper class homes. Secluded yet near downtown.

2) anyone know of plans for the bluebonnet/Burbank corner lots? Thought a neighborhood walmart was going to move in but last time I drove by there was nothing going on.

3) thoughts on what will happen to bluebonnet (between highland and Nicholson once that tacky casino resort opens? I forsee traffic, pawn shops and a lot of undesierable types trafficing thru the area. Which will be a shame. The corner of bluebonnet/Nicholson is a great area for neighborhoods or a park. Won't happen with the casino there.

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1)Good question..that would be my guess...LSU owns a lot of that property...it is an excellent location for future growth IMO too. Riverbend subdivision is a large area

2) Have not heard anything new on the delayed Wal-Mart plans; not sure of future expansion with shaky economy??..the area reeks a foul smell that needs to be fixed.

3) Was really hoping this silly Casino does not pan out..bad idea..if BR could even support a 3rd casino(doubtful) would have hoped it would be built somewhere near the old City Dock just south of the I-10 Bridge. Wampold has BIG PLANS for that area along Bluebonnet to Nicholson with a 500-acre master-planned community that could take up to 15 years to build in multiple phases.

The undeveloped area north of GSRI Road between Nicholson and Burbank should remain wetlands IMO...

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I'm pretty sure they said they were going to build that Walmart this coming year, in 2010.

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I wish it were a Target. Those usually aren't as trashy as Walmarts.

The Target is going up on Burbank at Lee drive.

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Well, actually this particular Walmart should be nice. The surrounding residents complained so much, they're designed this Walmart with a fancy facade and wood floors.

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Similar to the one on College? I really like its design, I wish other big-box stores would do the same in the appropriate areas.

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Here was the little article from way back in February 10' with Wampold's giant land grab...even bigger than I thought..

Wampold buys more land for Longwood Village

Mike Wampold has exercised an option for an additional 606 acres by his Longwood Village mixed-use community. Wampold bought the land for $908,700 from the Gianelloni heirs in a deal that was filed Friday. He bought the initial 520 acres between Nicholson Drive and Spring Lake from the family in 2005, paying $11.8 million for the land. The lower price reflects that much of the land in the new tract is low, Wampold says. "This will be the recreational component," he says, with lakes, stables and jogging trails. Longwood Village will be a "community of the future" with single-family homes, office space, retail and schools, Wampold says. The project had its conceptual use plan approved by the Planning Commission in 2006, but Wampold is waiting for the market to rebound before he starts developing the 1,506 acre site. "We've got some engineering going on out there," he says. "But we're not in any big hurry."

http://www.businessreport.com/news/2010/feb/09/wampold-buys-more-land-longwood-village/

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How many of Wampolds designs get built?

Well, Wampold's not a architect, he's a developer, but most of his stuff gets developed.

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I thought it was because that area isn't connected to any sewer lines, it's a huge chunk of land stretching for miles, just open land begging to be developed.

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Good article from Business Report...a lot of what has been discussed here :thumbsup: From new roads/Green Light Plan; Pinnacle; LSU Innovation Park; Longwood Plantation; Lexington Estates; River Road;resurrecting Gardere; FuturEBR; etc...

http://www.businessreport.com/news/2011/feb/21/final-frontier-rlet1/

Here is some of it....

The final frontier

The 2½-mile extension was finally completed in 2004, providing four-lane access from Interstate 10 to Nicholson, though the speed limit drops to 30 mph as Bluebonnet passes between the Springlake and Fairhill neighborhoods. Kouns says renewed interest in the University Club was “overwhelming almost immediately.”

Fast-forward seven years, and picture the current prospects for growth in the area: a 0.6-mile, four-lane extension of Staring Lane from Highland Road to Burbank; a 1.9-mile, four-lane widening of Staring from Perkins Road to Highland; a 1.2-mile, four-lane widening of Siegen Lane from Perkins to Highland; and Pinnacle Entertainment’s $357 million River Road casino and hotel, which is scheduled to open Dec. 20.

Meanwhile, some of Baton Rouge’s most prominent developers have thousands of vacant acres for planned residential, retail and commercial projects. And this acreage is less than three miles from LSU’s 240-acre Innovation Park located between GSRI Avenue and Nicholson. Kouns, whom fellow developers call “the pioneer” of south Baton Rouge, says it’s clear he’s going to have more than a few new neighbors in the coming years. “This is truly the only undeveloped area with large tracts of vacant land left in south Baton Rouge,” he says. “We’re pretty much the last frontier, and I think we’re going to see the largest growth over the next decade or two

Opening up the roads home

Without question, the three corridors most vital for growth in this New South Baton Rouge are Staring/Essen, Bluebonnet and Siegen. Each of these roads feed I-10, the medical corridor and an abundance of residential, commercial and retail space. And each of these roads also is gridlocked at some point during the morning and evening rush hours, as well as during lunchtime. “That’s the internal organs of the parish right now, and I agree that the vacant areas southwest of there are probably going to experience the greatest growth,” says John Fregonese, who is the lead planner on the 30-year FuturEBR master plan, parts of which were released earlier this month.

Wampold’s master plan

It didn’t take long for developers to capitalize on the new growth potential of the vacant land in the vicinity of Bluebonnet and Nicholson once those corridors were connected...Wampold has an ambitious master plan for his initial 525 acres, called Longwood Plantation. The mixed-use development includes commercial, residential and retail components, as well as a community center, church and school. The first phase will feature residential, he says, adding that he doesn’t intend on moving too fast on implementing the plan. He estimates that it could take as long as a decade to see the entire project to fruition.

*Longwood Plantation 520-acre Master Plan

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“Part of what I think is driving the growth in Baker, Zachary and Central areas is the affordability of the homes being built there,” he says. “Well, guess what? We’re bringing it right to their backyard, and we’ll compete with them point-wise. Plus, we’ll offer better access to downtown, LSU, Perkins Rowe, the Mall of Louisiana and the hospitals.” Wampold says, he and Fetzer will work on a master plan for their 350-acre parcel, to be called Burtville Plantation, and likely will take it to the Planning Commission sometime in 2012. The remaining 600 acres of wetlands to the east of their developable land will be left as a low-density wilderness area, he says, with a variety of recreation options for subdivision residents. With a solid decade’s worth of work ahead, Wampold says he’s not looking to purchase any more land in the area. “There’s a lot of vacant land there on River Road between the [Pinnacle] casino and downtown,” he says, “but you’ve got to have the access to develop it.”

LSU’s innovative park

Already home to the EA Sports videogame testing facility and 28 smaller companies composing the Louisiana Business & Technology Center incubator, LSU Innovation Park has ambitious plans for growth over the next two or three decades. The LSU Board of Supervisors in 2009 approved a master plan for the 240-acre site, which currently consists of just five buildings and a handful of warehouses. Like the developers on the south side of Gardere, Executive Director Charlie D’Agostino says development of the 132 vacant acres will be slow.

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Cool!! I know you can only do so much with "inline" retail, but I hope they try to spruce it up a little. I'f I'm not mistaken the actual Longwood Plantation house is still there, I sure would like to see it.

Edit: I looked up the lcoation and the plantation house is actually across the railroad tracks so this development won't interfere with it.

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Does anyone know what's planned for the area on Burbank near S Kenilworth (inbetween burbank and highland)? They are clearing a huge lot of land.

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I wonder if they are ever going to develop the huge chuck of land between Ben Hur Rd and River road? Its just sitting there waiting to be developed. Any ideas?

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If I'm not mistaken, its owned by Pinnacle and will be developed into a golf course and mixed use development.

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I don't think Pinnacle owns that land. I thought LSU owned that? If you mean he area along Hur and River rd.

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I don't think Pinnacle owns that land. I thought LSU owned that? If you mean he area along Hur and River rd.

I'm talking about the big land west of ben hur, south of brightside, and east/north of river road?

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That's a mammoth chunk of land. There's no way Pinnacle owns that. Maybe a piece but that area is huge. Look at it on google earth or google map.

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That's a mammoth chunk of land. There's no way Pinnacle owns that. Maybe a piece but that area is huge. Look at it on google earth or google map.

yeah thats what im talking about, i was wondering if that was ever going to develop into something or if anybody had plans to do something with it?

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Yeah ya'll are right, not the whole piece, but definitely a sizable chunk. I don't know the exact boundaries, but here's one of Pinnacle's plans. I don't know whether they are going to do this anymore.

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Actually, looking at the map, that golf course doesn't appear to be in the area inbetween river/brightside/Hur rd

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