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^The Kress at Third & Main will be another step in the right direction for downtown! The renovations to the historic fascade are looking nice.

This 8-story office building should be a nice looking addition for the Essen Lane corridor. Glad to see it finally start!

Work starts on Essen Lane office building

Construction has started on a 90,000-square-foot office building at Essen Lane and Summa Avenue. Spatz Development of Chicago is building the eight-story spec property despite rumblings it wouldn't happen because of the financial risks until a major tenant got on board. While no tenants have signed contracts yet for the property, Ben Graham and Robert Pettit of NAI/Latter & Blum Realtors, who are serving as leasing agents, say a number of large firms are eyeing spots. "The demand for office space is there," Pettit says. "It's just a matter of getting out of the ground. That will motivate the tenants that are floating around." This is the first Class A office building to be built on Essen Lane since The Shaw Group opened its headquarters just north of Interstate 10. Milton Womack is handling construction of the unnamed building, with WHL serving as the architect. Plans are to open the building by September 2009.



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Denham Springs: Bercen Inc new HQ's

CRANSTON, RI – Bercen Inc., a specialty chemicals company, will be moving its headquarters and research lab from Rhode Island to east-suburban Denham Springs along with dozens of jobs, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced.

Jindal said that Bercen plans to invest about $5 million in expanding its existing manufacturing operation in Louisiana and to add another 20 jobs with average salaries of $90,000. It was not immediately clear how many jobs would be moved from Cranston. An announcement on Bercen’s Web site said that “more than 100 jobs are on the way to Livingston Parish [where Denham Springs is located], including some high-paying management jobs,” but it was not clear whether that tally included yet-to-be-created positions.


link to Providence Business news story: http://www.pbn.com/stories/33128.html

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Office Depot will open its sixth Baton Rouge-area store in Bluebonnet Village, the shopping center anchored by Matherne’s Supermarket at the corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Perkins Road.

Store officials confirmed the lease of a 15,000-square foot space that’s the second-largest in the 101,000-square-foot shopping center after Matherne’s. A scheduled opening date wasn’t immediately available.

The Georgia office of Equity One Inc., a real estate investment trust, negotiated the lease and had asked for $15 a square foot, or $225,000 a year. The space was last occupied by an Ace Hardware store that closed in March 2007.

Within an hour’s drive of Baton Rouge, Office Depot also has stores in Denham Springs, Zachary, Gonzales, Hammond and LaPlace. With $15.5 billion in annual sales, Office Depot is the second-largest office supplies store in the nation behind Staples.
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Although many of the local employees don't seem to like it, my company (Regions) will be adding to the skyline in the near future. We are moving our BR main office to downtown from Essen (Across from OLOL) and currently working on finishing out the building. Apparently our SLA president thought it was important to be downtown and I think he made the right choice.
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I can see those cranes from my house... Baton Rouge has a lot going on downtown.
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Although many of the local employees don't seem to like it, my company (Regions) will be adding to the skyline in the near future. We are moving our BR main office to downtown from Essen (Across from OLOL) and currently working on finishing out the building. Apparently our SLA president thought it was important to be downtown and I think he made the right choice.
I read about that about a year ago. I think the plan will fit well.
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Plan BR team chosen

When Davis Rhorer reckons capital investment in downtown Baton Rouge — $1.7 billion since 1993 — prospects for the next decade stagger his imagination.

Such prospects, which include a proposed $600 million mixed-use riverfront development northwest of the Capitol, explain why city-parish officials selected a Boston-area firm Tuesday to design a template for the next 10 years of Plan Baton Rouge, the blueprint that spurred redevelopment of the city’s core beginning in 1998.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for downtown,” said Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District that has helped amass 22,000 parking spaces awaiting 24-hour life downtown when commercial and state offices empty at the end of the workday. Night life is emerging, but significant advances in residential development are needed to fill the void of non-restaurant retail establishments downtown.

Among other tasks, lead firm Chan Krieger Sieniewicz of Cambridge, Mass., will complete a retail market analysis of downtown Baton Rouge and suggest business incentives that will draw investment to a new arts and entertainment district anchored by Third Street.

“We are specifically tasking this team with recommending incentives for the growth of our new arts and entertainment district,” Mayor Kip Holden said in announcing Tuesday’s selection.

“I think they’re going to add a great perspective,” Rhorer said of Chan Krieger, an urban design and planning firm that will work with six other consultants on Plan Baton Rouge’s second phase. “I am so pumped about working with this group of people, because I think it’s going to really position ourselves for the next level of downtown development. It will basically be a tool kit for the DDD.”

Joining Chan Krieger on the team are LSU professor James Richardson, who’ll act as a regional planning adviser; Baton Rouge-based WHLC Architecture, the local planning coordinator; and Eskew Dumez Ripple, the New Orleans-based architecture firm that will serve as another regional planning adviser.

Other members of the team, selected after public presentations by finalists last week, include HR&A Advisors Inc. of New York, economic planning strategists; Reed Hildebrand, a Watertown, Mass., landscape architecture firm; and Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, traffic planners from Denver.

Sixteen firms sought the project — which will pay less than $500,000, subject to final negotiations ending in July.

Duany Plater-Zyberk, the Miami firm that led the first Plan Baton Rouge, didn’t make the cut of four finalists.

The Center for Planning Excellence will continue to manage Plan Baton Rouge, but the next phase will be distinctly different, said Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas, president and chief executive officer of CPEX.

“This Phase 2 will actually address the economic strategies that we need to fill in the gaps,” she said. “This is not going to be a design challenge: We’ve made it clear that we love the plan Duany Plater-Zyberk did for us back in 1998.”

Thomas said the chief goals will be answering such questions as: Why don’t we have more residential and mixed-use projects downtown? Other cities have cracked that enigma, she said, and it’s one Chan Krieger can help Baton Rouge solve. The Massachusetts firm has worked with such cities at Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; and Louisville, Ky

There’s a short answer to the dearth of residential and mixed-use projects, Thomas said.

“It’s because (other cities) have provided all these incentives, and we don’t have them,” she said. “This is not about government giveaways. It’s about how you make development downtown be on a level playing field with development in the suburbs.”

Rex Cabaniss, a principal in WHLC Architecture, said one essential thread in weaving a fabric of more downtown residences, more downtown retail shops and more arts and entertainment vitality will be public infrastructure. Such incentives as a 10-year tax reduction on private development tied to public transit projects — something exploited successfully by Portland, Ore. — will be in the mix for the second phase of Plan Baton Rouge.

Glatting Jackson, the Denver firm, will be delving into traffic and transportation solutions for downtown Baton Rouge. Best practices in transit also raise the odds of gaining more downtown residences, which will be a crux of the next plan, Cabaniss said.

“If you get residential established at appropriate levels, retail and entertainment will typically follow,” he said. “With the Shaw Center and the restaurants and clubs along Third Street, we already have the beginning of a good entertainment district. So we’re not having to start from scratch. But if I had to choose one focus, it would be to gain a really solid residential neighborhood feel throughout the downtown.

“And the development will follow that as well.”

After a contract is signed in July, the planning document likely will take about eight months, said Rhorer, the DDD executive director. The Metro Council will fund $150,000 of the project, another $150,000 will come through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation via a Fannie Mae grant and additional funds will come from the Downtown Business Association and the Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Roughly 80 percent of the projects suggested by the original Plan Baton Rouge have been realized, said Rhorer, who expects regional transportation connections to be proposed but no great alterations to downtown’s existing street grid system.

The study will recommend ways to better connect downtown with its neighbors, he said, including Old South Baton Rouge, the midcity area to the east and a largely industrial area to the north.

“We’re kind of spreading our wings,” Rhorer said. “As we continue to grow and develop, we need some more footprint for that.”
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I read about that about a year ago. I think the plan will fit well.
They weren't 100% on it until a couple of months ago. It was a final decision between 2. Our Baton Rouge office is a "regional office" - its the headquarters for our South Louisiana group - BR, NOLA, and Acadiana.
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Courtesy of Commercial Properties Development, Inc.

Commercial Properties Development Corp. has released the proposed designs of two buildings on the Third Street side of the Shaw Center for the Arts.

One, the Stroube’s building at Third Street and North Boulevard, would have a restaurant tenant, while the so-called “liner” building along the north side of the walkway leading into the back of the Shaw Center, would have 10,000 square feet of office space and eight apartment units.

Commercial Properties’ Camm Morton, who will show the designs to the Shaw Center’s board today, said he won’t rush into signing up a restaurant for the Stroube’s building because it has to be a “destination” restaurant unique to downtown in order to attract visitors.

Morton said work on both buildings will begin in the second quarter and will hopefully be done sometime in the fall.

Morton said the liner building will likely have one office tenant on the first floor and seven one-bedroom units and a two-bedroom unit above it.

“We’re trying to build and develop to a price that would allow 20-somethings and 30-somethings to live there,” he said, adding rents would likely be between $1,000 and $1,200 a month.

Morton said he’d like to have an office tenant signed within the next couple of months.

The final piece of the puzzle will be to knock down the Onyxx building at Third and Convention streets and build a six- to eight-story building that would include retail and restaurant development and up to 25 residential units, possibly for sale. That phase would come after the Stroube’s and liner buildings are done.


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Hey Tim, have you not been downtown in a while? That article is a little bit out of date, haha. The Liner Building is almost completed on the exterior, and the Stroube's Building has been gutted. Unfortunately though, they had an even cooler rendering of the Stroube's building released, but have since reverted back to a cheaper design. The cooler design was 700,000 dollars over budget. MobileLSUboy2003 is interning on the project with WhiteSpunner, the contractor.
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Hey Tim, have you not been downtown in a while? That article is a little bit out of date, haha. The Liner Building is almost completed on the exterior, and the Stroube's Building has been gutted. Unfortunately though, they had an even cooler rendering of the Stroube's building released, but have since reverted back to a cheaper design. The cooler design was 700,000 dollars over budget. MobileLSUboy2003 is interning on the project with WhiteSpunner, the contractor.
Yeah I was down there last night, and walked around by it. I ate a Capital City Grill. The building is magnificent, I just used this from the B R thread in City developments.
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Apple

This is old, but the apple store is open in Baton Rouge at the Mall Of Louisiana. The Boulevard is an ongoing project that has joined a lifestyle center and the mall together. Down below is a link to the mall

http://www.malloflouisiana.com/html/mallinfo.asp

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CVS may be part of development

Baton Rouge businessman Jerry Pearson’s 16-acre retail
development at Burbank Drive and Bluebonnet Boulevard could include a CVS Pharmacy, commercial broker Mark Hebert said Monday.

Meanwhile, Hebert said Turner Industries has bought more land near two of its local sites.

Pearson’s company, Pearson Burbank LLC, has been developing land on the southwest corner of the Burbank-Bluebonnet intersection across from a proposed new Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Hebert said a Connecticut firm that builds CVS locations has two acres at Pearson’s site under contract.

Hebert declined to say how much First Hartford Realty Corp. has offered for the land, citing ongoing negotiations. But the development, Hebert said, is being marketed for about $25 per square foot. That would put the value of First Hartford’s deal around $2.2 million.
Hebert said Pearson Burbank also is negotiating with “a large banking operation” for about 55,000 square feet adjacent to the proposed CVS site. And another unnamed group has offered to buy the remainder of the property for retail development.

In the first Turner Industries deal, Hebert said, the company paid $640,000 for one of two lots in Highlandia subdivision fronting Interstate 10 that were owned by Scott Fence USA.

Turner plans to use the space for parking at its proposed new training and recruiting office on Highlandia Drive near the Highland Road-Interstate 10 interchange. The company bought that site — a 2.4-acre tract — in November for $1.5 million.

In a separate deal, Hebert recently helped broker Turner’s recent $529,850 purchase of an 11.8-acre tract near its site on South Westport Drive in Port Allen on the south side of I-10. Hebert said the property also was rezoned for Turner’s proposed industrial use.

One of the city’s largest private companies, Turner offers a number of industrial services, including construction, pipe fabrication and staffing.
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River Place Condominuims is back in the news again. Preis plans to make an annoucement of the reworked plans, that now includes a 300 room hotel, in 90 days. Here is the article from the Advocate;

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/24321914.html
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Billion dollar public works initiatives proposed by Holden


Below is an article giving some details of Holden's tax proposal and some of the projects he wants to complete. A detailed presentation will be given next week. This is HUGE for Baton Rouge and I cant wait to see the renderings.

Holden proposes the possible future of Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As qualifying for the October elections began Wednesday, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden touched on what could be the largest single infrastructure improvement initiative the city has ever attempted. In a 9NEWS EXCLUSIVE, we have a sneak peek at a nearly one billion dollar tax proposal Mayor Holden will offer to the people of East Baton Rouge in November.

Sources close to the parish-wide tax proposition say the mayor's initiative will impact the people of East Baton Rouge like never before. On the table will be a half-cent sales tax, coupled with a 9.9 mill property tax. 9NEWS has learned that a large portion of that money will help fund a "world class" project that will change the downtown skyline forever.

Mayor Holden wants to expand the River Center and attach a 350-room hotel complex run by a major chain. When it comes to your safety, the mayor also has plans for that. A new public safety complex for the police department and sheriff's office and new fire stations are planned as well. A new parish prison is also part of the plan, paid for with bond money. "We will be having some meetings in reference to the bond issue. Simply because I firmly believe you have to be honest with the voters and therefore, tell them that there have been problems that we need to address for decades, in regards to drainage and a number of other issues," Holden says.

9NEWS has also learned that major flood protection relief will be planned for the city of Central and eastern portions of the parish. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to chip in millions to help. Parish-wide red light synchronization is also on the table. "That we have to take care of those or else we might find ourselves like some other cities; watching the infrastructure actually collapse underneath vehicles," the mayor/president says. The parish council will get a look at the proposal during a series of meetings next week.

You'll be hearing a lot more about these projects next week. Monday, expect an announcement about the hotel. The riverfront project should be unveiled on Tuesday. Wednesday, the metro council and the public will be shown the entire plan. WAFB will air these meetings LIVE on Cable Channel 9 and stream on www.wafb.com. If Mayor Holden is re-elected and passes the bond issue, a person owning a $200,000 home would pay close to $10.30 a month extra in taxes.
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