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Canary Island

A cool new development southeast of BR.





Canary Island is an exclusive gated community located on an island in the Amite River. It is the closest new waterfront development to Baton Rouge.

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KnockKnock Children's Museum at City Park

plans are progressing on a new hands-on museum to be built in City Park





link to BREC website> http://www.knockknockmuseum.org/
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Specialty chemical maker Albemarle Corp. is moving its headquarters from Richmond, Va., to Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday.

Albemarle already employs several hundred people in the state. Jindal said the move would help secure those jobs and bring in 30 new jobs with a minimum $7 million payroll.

"This is one of many positive steps that will help us grow and diversify our economy, said Jindal, who noted that his wife Supriya, an engineer, once worked for the company.

The company's products are used for consumer electronics, petroleum and chemical processing, transportation and industrial products, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products and construction and packaging materials. Albemarle has customers in about 100 countries.

Albemarle president and CEO Mark Rohr and chief operating officer John Steitz praised Jindal, state Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and credited a well-coordinated state and local effort to get the corporation to consolidate its executive and administrative offices in Baton Rouge.

Steitz said Moret, who joined Jindal's cabinet this year after heading the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, began working on the effort to bring the corporate headquarters to Baton Rouge about 18 months ago.

"He was the genesis of the idea. He incubated it. He developed it," Steitz said.

Rohr said special legislative sessions that Jindal called for ethics and tax relief also encouraged the corporation to make the move. "As the governor came in, it became an easy decision," Rohr said of Jindal, who took office in January.

link: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/...ap4955698.html

link:Richmond Times Dispatch: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.a...4-30-0215.html

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River Park

Developer Pete Clements has unveiled details of River Park, his planned $600 million mixed-use development near Hollywood Casino on the north side of downtown Baton Rouge.

Clements said River Park, first discussed about a year ago, is a 10- to 15-year project that will ultimately include a 280-room, major flag hotel, an extended-stay hotel, 800 to 1,200 residential units, 250,000 square feet of retail space, 650,000 square feet of office space, 6,000 parking spaces and a 600-seat amphitheater along the riverfront.

Mayor Kip Holden, who introduced the project at the Downtown Development District meeting this morning, said the project will add the equivalent of 10-12 new city blocks to downtown and is a “new vision for the northern Mississippi riverfront.”

Holden said the development will create 200 to 300 construction jobs for the life of the project, 600-800 full-time jobs and 150-200 part-time jobs.

Access to River Park would be provided by a four-lane underpass under the railroad tracks that parallel the Mississippi River, the first part of the development to begin.

Clements said work on the underpass should begin in the third quarter of this year and be completed by the end of 2009. He said plans will be filed with the Planning and Zoning Commission later this week, and building permits will be filed sometime after.







Impressive new development will complement Capitol Park and help redefine the northern sector of the CBD.
Here are a few more renderings courtesy of the DDD site:
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Baton Rouge Development

BR chamber backs loop project

Baton Rouge badly needs the 80-mile, $4 billion loop being planned by city and parish officials in five parishes, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber said in a press conference this morning announcing its support for the project.

The use of alternative financing mechanisms, such as toll financing and matching dollars from the state’s Transportation Mobility Fund, are needed and should be used to speed up the project and complete it, said chamber officials, who were joined by leaders from the five parishes in the announcement.

“The proposed loop would be tremendous for our region’s economic development and growth,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and chief executive officer. “With traffic congestion repeatedly named as one of the top obstacles to growth for companies in the Baton Rouge area, it is critical that we work together regionally to find transportation solutions.”

Mike Bruce of ABMB Engineers, a loop project consultant, has estimated that $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion of public financing would be needed if the project is built with 15-cent-per-mile tolls on parts of the loop, which would run from east of Walker north and south to a point west of Port Allen.

In a national traffic study released Tuesday by Inrix Inc., New Orleans had the 42nd worst traffic among U.S. cities and Baton Rouge had the 47th worst traffic. Neither city made the list of 100 worst U.S. bottlenecks. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., were the worst cities for traffic.

In Baton Rouge, two intersections were among the worst 1,000 bottlenecks in the nation: Millerville Road at Interstate 12 (860th) and O’Neal Lane at Interstate 12 (958th).
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Woman's Hospital considers TND, big-box store for Briarwood site
Woman's Hospital is looking at several uses for 125 acres next to its new campus under construction on the site of the Briarwood Golf Course. Those options include building a traditional neighborhood development or a big-box retailer for its new location on Airline Highway at Pecue Lane. "They've made no commitments," says Steve Oubre, the Lafayette architect who has designed most of the TNDs under construction or in the planning stages in south Louisiana. Oubre and Robert Daigle, the Lafayette developer who did River Ranch TND, were hired by Woman's to look at the feasibility of putting a TND on the land and evaluating costs. "Everything that's being looked at is what would be best for the hospital," Oubre says. One of the issues that's also being looked at is the feasibility of a nonprofit hospital getting involved in developing housing. Because of these issues, Oubre says Woman's is a "long way" from determining what it will do with the land. Other options could be keeping a nine-hole golf course open or keeping the property as an undeveloped asset. Woman's broke ground last week on the $299 million medical complex scheduled to open in early 2011.—Timothy Boone
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In Baton Rouge, two intersections were among the worst 1,000 bottlenecks in the nation: Millerville Road at Interstate 12 (860th)
Before they fixed it up a little I would of had a tough time believing there was a worse place on earth to be, at all times of the day, and for a place that looks so normal.

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We need the loop bad.
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RiverPlace Condos



RiverPlace Condominiums is a residential tower that is proposed to be built on the Baton Rouge Riverfront and currently in the design phase, but is expected to reach groundbreaking in 2008.[1] If completed before the renovation of the Crescent City Towers in New Orleans is finished, it will be the tallest residential building in the state. The project is headed up by real estate executive Richard Preis.

This condo tower project has been under construction since 2002. Articles exist from 2004, 2005, and 2006 all suggesting that construction is "right around the corner". The lot where RiverPlace was to be developed has been completely empty since 2002. The latest press release of 2008 says that information will be released in two months of February 27, 2008.
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Plan Baton Rouge presentations start today

The interviews have started for the four consulting teams hoping to lead the next phase of Plan Baton Rouge. The first interview—the team led by Chan Krieger Sieniewicz of Cambridge, Mass.—was held this morning at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's main auditorium. Chan Krieger Sieniewicz has been involved in urban design projects for waterways in Dallas, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Also part of the Chan Krieger team are LSU economist James A. Richardson, WHLC of Baton Rouge and Eskew + Dumez + Ripple of New Orleans.

The interviews continue at 3 p.m. with a presentation led by Sasaki of Waterton, Mass. Sasaki established the master plan for the Olympic Green, the main site for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and has been involved in creating new wayfinding signs for downtown.

Tuesday, the team led by RTKL of Washington, D.C., will give its presentation at 10 a.m. RTKL has been involved in master plans for the Camden Yards Sports Complex in Baltimore and for the U.S. Naval Academy. ARCADIS (which has offices in Metairie) and Remson-Haley-Herpin Architects of Baton Rouge are part of the team.

The interviews will conclude at 3 p.m. with a presentation from the team led by RKG Associates of Alexandria, Va. RKG helped design the redevelopment plan for Old South Baton Rouge. Also part of the RKG team are Looney Ricks Kiss (which has offices in Baton Rouge) and ABMB Engineers of Baton Rouge.

A team of panelists is expected to select the winning team by the end of the week or earlier. Phase II of Plan Baton Rouge will deal with downtown and riverfront development. Work should start sometime next month.
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R.I. company to bring home office to Denham Springs

A Rhode Island company that has manufactured paper industry chemicals in Livingston Parish since 1984 will move its headquarters here next year, state officials said Wednesday.

The move amounts to 20 new jobs and total employment of 50 at the 4.5-acre Bercen Inc. site on Eden Church Road, between Denham Springs and Walker. But it’s the quality of the jobs that excited state leaders in a news conference at the Governor’s Mansion.

Each Rhode Island position — headquarters and research and development jobs — will bring an average $90,000 in salary plus benefits.

“The key is to keep, expand and grow the companies that are already here,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said. “It is also important that we seek these value-added jobs with higher benefits, these intellectually based jobs … that give our families more reason to stay in Louisiana.”

Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret said Bercen Inc. officials chose Louisiana for their headquarters, leaving Cranston, R.I., at a projected annual savings of $750,000 a year, because of a better business tax climate and a better ability to recruit top talent from area universities

“We’ve been considering this move for more than a year,” said Jim Thorpe, Bercen’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re very pleased with the business atmosphere, the tax rates.”

Bercen will spend $5 million and add a 13,000-square-foot office and laboratory at its Eden Church Road site and complete the move by the end of 2009, company officials said.

Here’s what Bercen gets from the state for agreeing to move:


$1.2 million in Quality Jobs incentives over the next decade in a program that provides 6 percent payroll credits against tax liability.
$500,000 from the Governor’s Rapid Response Fund for infrastructure and relocation costs.
Most economic development deals take the better part of a decade for the state to realize a net return on incentives, Moret said. The payback on the Bercen Inc. deal will be much faster, he said, with the state passing the break-even point in less than three years.

“It’s really an exceptional return on investment,” Moret said.

In addition to the 20 company jobs, the move will generate an estimated 92 indirect jobs in the Livingston Parish area economy, state officials said. Bercen’s increased investment will generate $3.6 million in new state taxes and $2.7 million in new local taxes over the next decade, Moret said.

There’s an additional reason why recruiting Bercen was important to parish and local officials. Moret said the company’s sales have tripled in recent years to more than $60 million and 40 percent of its business comes from exports, a phenomenon that brings more money into the state.

Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer said state and parish cohesiveness sealed the recruitment of Bercen and Thorpe, the CEO.

“One of the key things, he said, was the responsiveness of (state officials) and the responsiveness of our own LEDC,” Grimmer said, referring to the Livingston Economic Development Council.

Though it makes 30 specialty chemicals, Bercen’s key products include alkenyl succinic anhydride, or ASA. That chemical agent is used in waterproofing gypsum wall board.

Bercen’s other chemicals are used to coat and enhance the quality of paper products.
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What's this I hear of a Schlitterbahn water park in the Baton Rouge area?
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From what I have heard it is going to be in Livingston Parish area. Juban I think, but a lot of construction is on hold over there.
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Little Village owners plan seafood restaurant in Kress at Third & Main

The owners of the popular Little Village restaurant are planning to open a second downtown fine-dining spot this fall in the refurbished Kress at Third & Main building. A letter of intent is in place for the Little Village Fish House to move into a spot along Third Street, says John Schneider, president of Cyntreniks of Baton Rouge, which is redeveloping the Kress building. Cyntreniks is negotiating with several other retail tenants, including a deli, which would sell breakfasts and light lunches and then serve desserts and cordials at night, a movie theater and a regional women's clothing store. The plan would be to have the restaurants, women's store and theater on Third Street. On the Main Street side, potential tenants include a pharmacy, an urgent care clinic and a credit union, Schneider says. "That would take up the whole first floor," he says. Cyntreniks is talking with several tenants about the 12,500 square feet of office space on the second floor; Schneider says the developers would like to see one tenant take up all that space, but if that doesn't happen, the area would be divided up among smaller businesses. As for the residential component of the building, Schneider says the three for sale units, which range in price from $445,000 to $490,000, are being shown "pretty much at least once a day" to potential tenants. There are commitments for two of the 16 lofts and apartments for lease. Kress at Third & Main is scheduled to open in September.—Timothy Boone

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The owners of the popular Little Village restaurant are planning to open a second downtown fine-dining spot this fall in the refurbished Kress at Third & Main building. A letter of intent is in place for the Little Village Fish House to move into a spot along Third Street, says John Schneider, president of Cyntreniks of Baton Rouge, which is redeveloping the Kress building. Cyntreniks is negotiating with several other retail tenants, including a deli, which would sell breakfasts and light lunches and then serve desserts and cordials at night, a movie theater and a regional women's clothing store. The plan would be to have the restaurants, women's store and theater on Third Street. On the Main Street side, potential tenants include a pharmacy, an urgent care clinic and a credit union, Schneider says. "That would take up the whole first floor," he says. Cyntreniks is talking with several tenants about the 12,500 square feet of office space on the second floor; Schneider says the developers would like to see one tenant take up all that space, but if that doesn't happen, the area would be divided up among smaller businesses. As for the residential component of the building, Schneider says the three for sale units, which range in price from $445,000 to $490,000, are being shown "pretty much at least once a day" to potential tenants. There are commitments for two of the 16 lofts and apartments for lease. Kress at Third & Main is scheduled to open in September.—Timothy Boone

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We have a grand old Kress Building on Dexter Avenue here in downtown Montgomery. I look forward to the day when it is re-developed. These plans in Baton Rouge sound promising.
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Yeah, there are a few billboards in town about it. Nice place down there.
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What's this I hear of a Schlitterbahn water park in the Baton Rouge area?
Schlitterbahn coming to Baton Rouge? The Livingston Parish President has been remarking for the past year, that something big would be coming to the Parish, from the world of the entertainment industry. But I believe that the prevailing rumor is that it is Disney. Before they considered Florida back in the 60's, they wanted to build in the Florida Parishes, but decided not to, because our state government wouldn't stop meddling around in their business. If they only knew they opportunity they just lost the state....

But the Disney rumor consist of Disney building a movie studio, and then later building a theme park as part of the complex. The same goes for the River Studios & FilmPort which recently receive GO Bonds. They plan to build a massive movie studio, with talk of building a theme park, but very speculative, of course. How did you hear about the Schlitterbahn rumor, Tim and southsky?
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My peeps at work that live in Livingston.
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From a friend who lives in Baton Rouge full time.
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