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Developer Richard Preis now says his long-anticipated downtown high-rise project will be a $135 million, 300-room hotel with top-story condominiums.

Preis said Thursday the proposed Lafayette Street building will have 26-30 floors, depending on final plans, and that construction should start in January.

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Industry experts and stakeholders had mixed reactions to Monday’s announcement of two more potential hotels in downtown Baton Rouge.

While the proposed hotels are essential to the city’s efforts in attracting more convention business, the projects will ratchet up competition.

“Do I think we need those rooms to be a tier-2 convention center? Yes. But it’s going to be a very tough year with all the supply coming back in the market to pre-(Hurricane) Katrina occupancy numbers,” said Cherri Kieschnick, general manager of Homewood Suites.

Kieschnick, who also is past president of the Baton Rouge Area Hospitality Management Association, said the economy remains a concern for local hoteliers as well.

“Across the nation, you still see a strong average rate, but you never know what’s around corner,” she said.

The new downtown hotels have been proposed by Armada Hoffler, a Virginia company that said Monday it would spend $99.3 million on building them.

Armada Hoffler’s pledge is contingent, however, on East Baton Rouge voters’ approval of Mayor Kip Holden’s plan to expand the River Center with a nearly $1 million bond issue financed with increased sales and property taxes.

Plans call for razing the River Center’s west parking garage and building a 300-room, full-service hotel there. Another 140-room hotel would be added to the top of the east garage after its expansion.

Those new projects would join the old King Hotel. Cyntreniks plans to soon start restoring the building into a 95-room hotel. Moreover, developer Richard Preis said last week he now plans to turn his long-anticipated riverfront high-rise project into a 300-room hotel with an unspecified number of condominiums.

Combined with the Hilton Capitol Center on Lafayette Street and the Sheraton in Catfish Town, downtown would have a total of 1,435 rooms.

“I think that’s great, super,” said Davis Rhorer, head of the Downtown Development District.

Rhorer, citing a recent study by PKF Consulting conducted for the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, said downtown needs a minimum of 1,000 rooms to support the River Center expansion project.

Rhorer predicted that all the new and proposed hotels would work well, because they’re varying styles and all walking distance from the River Center, a major advantage for convention-goers.

Jon Fels, a Baton Rouge-based hotel consultant and industry veteran, agreed that the added rooms are crucial to attracting more conventions. But he said that, depending on Armada Hoffler’s specific plans, its hotel rooms must fetch at least $150-$200 a night to be successful.

Fels also expressed concern about the city’s ability to attract enough events to keep all the downtown hotels successful. Other area cities, like Lafayette and Alexandria, are making similar efforts to attract more convention business.

“All I can say is good luck,” he said of the Armada Hoffler proposal. “I personally suggest they really do their homework.”

Tina Rance of Ashby Hospitality, the company that manages the downtown Hilton, said Hilton welcomes the development. She said an expanded convention center and more hotel rooms will help the Baton Rouge market attract more hospitality business.

An official with the downtown Sheraton could not be reached for comment Monday.

Advocate business writer Chad Calder contributed to this report
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Hotel construction to begin in Howell Place

Construction crews will begin work shortly on a 190-room Candlewood Suites extended-stay hotel at Howell Place in north Baton Rouge.

The hotel, owned by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, should be open within 12 months, developer Richard Preis said, adding that by next year the 207-acre mixed-use development will be home to six hotels offering 600 rooms.

A 130-room Hilton Garden Inn opened there three years ago, and a 180-room Springhill Suites by Marriot and a 90-room Microtel are now under construction.

Construction is also set to begin on a 140-room Holiday Inn in 30 days, and Preis said that hotel’s ownership will build a 125-room Hampton Inn about midway through the first hotel’s construction.

Preis said Intercontinental has been looking at Baton Rouge for about five years and is considering opening another hotel here on a different site.
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300 million dollar attraction could be coming to downtown Baton Rouge


Riverside complex would be attraction
By JEREMY HARPER
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Published: Jul 16, 2008 - Page: 1A - UPDATED: 12:05 a.m.

Mayor-President Kip Holden on Tuesday announced a proposed $247 million nature-themed tourist attraction downtown near the Mississippi River called Audubon Alive.

Holden said the 220,000-square-foot complex would combine elements of a museum, river walk, aquarium and theme park to create an attraction unrivaled in the region.

It would offer a wide range of family-friendly activities, including an aquarium with hands-on activities and walk-through underwater environments, a 4-D theater, an indoor swamp with an interactive theater and a 900-seat music hall with animal-themed shows.

Holden said the center would “improve the quality of life in our city for generations to come.”

“My benchmark for the riverfront development of Baton Rouge has always been that we will build what no other city has — that Baton Rouge would be second to none,” Holden said at a news conference announcing the proposal.

The proposed center is the largest single project in the $989 million capital improvement plan that Holden’s administration will present to the Metro Council today. Holden wants to finance the plan with a new property and sales tax.

Other major projects in the plan include a new public safety building to house the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, a new parish prison, synchronization of all traffic lights, new fire stations, a major overhaul of the city-parish Governmental Building and drainage improvements.

“Much of what is in that program will correct problems that have been neglected for decades,” Holden said.

Holden and his aides will reveal more details about the projects today during a noon information meeting of the Metro Council.

Holden wants the council to call a Nov. 4 election asking voters to authorize an additional half-cent sales tax and a 9.9-mill property tax for 30 years to finance the bond issue.

Holden on Monday announced a proposed $145 million expansion of the River Center that would attract two hotels worth nearly $100 million. The city-parish has already signed a memorandum of understanding with the company Armada Hoffler to build the hotels if the bond is approved, Holden said.

Holden said the new hotels, combined with Audubon Alive, would dramatically boost the city’s tourism and convention business and have an ever-increasing economic impact.

The New Orleans-based Audubon Nature Institute would operate the center, which would be built on at least 6.5 acres in DeSoto Park, near Hollywood Casino. It would open by 2012 if voters approve the bond.

“This is not a standalone building,” said Audubon President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Forman. “This is a downtown urban development project that will go on for blocks and blocks and blocks.”

The center would employ 900 to 1,000 workers, Forman said. By comparison, he said, Audubon’s nine New Orleans attractions employ about 900 people.

An economic impact study — commissioned by the Audubon Nature Institute and conducted by two economists from LSU and the University of New Orleans — found that the center would have an annual $375 million impact on the area’s economy within four years of opening. It would create 11,000 jobs in the community by 2016, according to the study, which will be detailed and released today, Holden said.

Holden said the project has been in the works for about a year. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation funded the team that designed the center.

“This is the most ambitious, exciting project that we’ve ever been engaged in,” said Baton Rouge Area Foundation President John Davies.

Walter Monsour, the mayor’s chief administrative officer, said the state will provide the DeSoto Park site, which needs an estimated $45 million to $55 million in improvements to accommodate the Audubon center.

Those improvements are not included in the $247 million cost, said Monsour, adding that the city-parish is in talks with the governor’s administration and area legislators over possible state funding sources for the work.
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Here is the http://www.wafb.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?ClipID1=2696591&h1=%26quot%3BAudubon%20Alive%26quot%3B%20Presentation&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=244900&LaunchPageAdTag=Search link to the presentation the mayor presented for the 300 dollar museum-like attraction "Audubon ALIVE"
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Here is the http://www.wafb.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?ClipID1=2696591&h1=%26quot%3BAudubon%20Alive%26quot%3B%20Presentation&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=244900&LaunchPageAdTag=Search link to the presentation the mayor presented for the 300 dollar museum-like attraction "Audubon ALIVE"
That was awesome, thanks for posting.
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City-parish officials unveiled plans to spend $143 million of a proposed $989 million bond proposition to renovate and expand the RiverCenter.

The centerpiece of the project is a 1,300-space garage at Government and St. Louis streets, with a sky bridge to the RiverCenter. That will trigger construction of two new hotels by Virginia-based developer Armada Hoffler: a $68 million 300-room, major-flag hotel between the RiverCenter and the theater, and a $31 million 140-room, select-service hotel atop the East Garage, which also will be expanded by 750 spaces. Meanwhile, the cash also pays for the wrecking ball to take down the West Garage and the Attorney’s Building. Also planned: 13,000 additional square feet of Exhibition Hall space and 25 new meeting/breakout rooms, and the two-laning of St. Louis Street for new retail stores.

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Audubon Nature Institute's....Audubon ALIVE

City-Parish officials unveiled 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 ½-cent sales tax over a 30-year period, and upon the state agreeing to kick in $55 million. If the Metro Council gives the go-ahead, the measure likely will be put on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Audubon Alive, slated for completion in 2012, will offer four venues: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Among the attractions:

· Animal Adventures, with tigers, jaguars, monkeys, butterflies and extensive waterfalls;

· Beyond Turtle Reef, featuring live experiences with sea creatures;

· Soaring, an interactive experience with a 270-degree Imax-like view in a glider simulation;

· Predator, a fast-paced adventure where participants wind through the jungle with audio and video projections;

· Stormy Weather, an interactive theater providing experiences of hurricanes and global-warming issues in the setting of the wetlands;

· Swamp Tales, an indoor walk-through swamp with a 15,000-gallon water tank and interactive theater;

· Rhythms & Blues[/I], a 900-seat theater with cultural performance live shows.

An economic impact study done by the Audubon Nature Institute predicts the attraction will generate net earnings of $167 million in its first four years of operation, rising as high as $700 million by 2021. The Institute also estimates the project could prompt as much as $575 million in new spending in Baton Rouge during those initial four years and boost tax collections by as much as $30 million.

Audubon Alive also could create an estimated 5,000 new jobs by 2016.
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Starbucks Closings in Metro Baton Rouge

Louisiana, Baton Rouge Closings

6326 Corporate Blvd & Energy Dr 5720 Corporate Blvd Baton Rouge La

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California Pizza Kitchen opening Aug. 11; steakhouse delayed
Gourmet pizza will be on the menu at Perkins Rowe by early August, but if you were salivating over Brazilian-style steak it’s been delayed until early next year. California Pizza Kitchen, located across from Cinemark Perkins Rowe, will open Aug. 11. But the planned summer opening of Texas de Brazil steakhouse has been rescheduled early next year, says Maiara Ferreira with the Dallas-based restaurant chain. Ferreira says there were setbacks with the location, but did not know specifics. The Grillroom, a chophouse and wine bar next to California Pizza Kitchen, is scheduled to open by November
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Gourmet pizza will be on the menu at Perkins Rowe by early August, but if you were salivating over Brazilian-style steak it’s been delayed until early next year. California Pizza Kitchen, located across from Cinemark Perkins Rowe, will open Aug. 11. But the planned summer opening of Texas de Brazil steakhouse has been rescheduled early next year, says Maiara Ferreira with the Dallas-based restaurant chain. Ferreira says there were setbacks with the location, but did not know specifics. The Grillroom, a chophouse and wine bar next to California Pizza Kitchen, is scheduled to open by November
I love CPK; congratulations on that one. I wish that we would get one here in Montgomery. There are two now in Birmingham; maybe they will eventually make it down this way...
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I ate at one in Birmingham a while back. That was the first.
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B.R. tops job productivity list
Baton Rouge ranked first for job productivity growth among the top 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., according to a recent Brookings Institution report. The report says from 2001-05 the Capital Region’s annualized percent change in gross domestic product per job growth was 5.08%. This was more than twice the national average of 2.26%. San Jose, Calif., and Sarasota, Fla., followed Baton Rouge in the category. Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, says the report is another indication of efforts to maintain a robust and dynamic economy. The MetroPolicy report was created as part of Brookings’ The Blueprint for American Prosperity, an initiative designed to promote a national economic policy agenda based on research and analysis. Prosperity in a metro area was measured by growth in productivity, such as generating quality jobs and raising incomes, and sustainability, such as expansion of economic and educational opportunities and sensitivity to environmental and energy issues. The Capital Region also scored well for GDP per capita growth. It ranked among the top three metro areas nationwide, which also included Oxnard, Calif., and Palm Bay, Fla.
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I love CPK; congratulations on that one. I wish that we would get one here in Montgomery. There are two now in Birmingham; maybe they will eventually make it down this way...


If i`m not mistaking I beleieve we just got one in Mobile.
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No only in Hoover and Birmingham

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ha yea, I woulda known about one going on in Mobile...I dont think ones even on the drawing board (yet)
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Upgrades begin on signs, signals

The city-parish will break ground next week on the $12.7
million downtown portion of the mayor’s Green Light Plan.

The parishwide plan aims to improve traffic flow by updating the signals on 35 major roadways.

The downtown phase also includes new brick crosswalks, curb cuts, next-generation lighted street signs and push-button signals that count down the time a pedestrian has to cross the street.

Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said the lighted street signs will use energy-efficient lighting, the brightness of which can be controlled.

“Visually, it’s going to be a whole different experience when you walk down the street,” he said.

The traffic signals at 29 downtown intersections will move traffic in and out of downtown at peak times more quickly, and during slow times cameras will sense if there is only one car approaching the intersection and change the light so it doesn’t have to stop.

Asked whether the improvements would make up for decades of downtown stoplights that often faced the wrong direction on one way streets or seemed determined to make downtown driving as stop-and-go as possible, Rhorer laughed and said, “those (old) lights belong in a nice downtown museum. They are historic. They don’t even make the parts for them anymore.”

Also part of the plan: gentle-sloped, fanned curb cuts similar to those in place near the Shaw Center for the Arts will replace existing ones.

New, unlighted signs will also be put up in the Spanish Town and Beauregard Town neighborhoods, though they are not part of the Green Light Plan. Rhorer said that project is funded separately and will blend in appearance with the Green Light improvements. The plan’s focus on traffic meant the residential areas meant they would not be included.

The ceremonial start to the downtown phase of the project will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Third and Main streets.
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A rolling 4.6-acre former homestead on Jefferson Highway, midway between Interstate 12 and Bluebonnet Boulevard, will become a more than $15 million gated community for 30 families beginning in 2009.

Washauer Development LLC has begun building Artisan Hill, a residential development that will feature rear-access double garages, entry and private-interior courtyards and two-story townhome-like residences of 2,100 square feet to 2,500 square feet.

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BR to gain EA video game test center




By GARY PERILLOUX
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Published: Aug 20, 2008 - UPDATED: 9:49 a.m.

Print Email Save Share Del.icio.us Digg Facebook Reddit Electronic Arts Inc., one of the world’s leading video game companies with $4 billion in annual sales, will bring a global test center and 220 employees to LSU’s South Campus in Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindal and state economic development officials announced this morning.

About 200 of the jobs will be part time, employing LSU students and others in testing the roll-out of new EA Sports games.

The EA annual payroll initially will be about $6 million a year, the state is committing $800,000 to renovate facilities at the South Campus on GSRI Avenue, and EA will tap a 20 percent state tax credit available to digital media companies. EA could begin moving in by September.

Stephen Moret, Louisiana’s economic development secretary, described the recruitment of EA as a watershed moment for the state’s effort in recent years to establish the digital media industry in Louisiana.

“The project provides a good return on investment just based on the jobs,” Moret said, “but the real value is the additional benefits.”

Moret and Jindal, who have been courting EA for months, said they hope the global quality assurance center will lead to bigger projects, higher-paying jobs and possibly a video game development center by EA. For now, the games will be developed elsewhere and tested in Baton Rouge.

If the test center project succeeds in the first three years, Moret, said talks could proceed to establishing an entire research park of digital media companies in the LSU area.

“That’s kind of the dream —thinking of them as the anchor tenant of a new research-based complex cultivating the digital media industry,” Moret said.

Both the state economic development department, LED, and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber have been recruiting digital media companies because they offer higher-paying jobs and the potential for rapid expansion if Louisiana can form a base of qualified workers and complementary technology companies to support the industry. EA has agreed to partner with the state, LSU, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College and others in developing that work force.

A study by the Baton Rouge chamber three years ago estimated the digital media industry generates $30 billion in sales annually across the globe, with about a quarter of that business in the United States.

Though a fledgling industry in Baton Rouge, there are some early examples of companies meeting with success: Yatec, which has developed online video games and is located at the Bon Carre Business Center in Baton Rouge; Neerjyzed, which has released a video game highlighting the football game experience at historically black universities; and Resurgent, a developing company that has ties with R.W. Day’s La Vie development that targets movie, digital media and commercial and retail development in a $1 billion project off O’Neal Lane.

Brooks Keel, LSU’s vice chancellor of research and development, said the announcement dovetails with LSU’s development of a multidisciplinary curriculum, called AVATAR, focused on growing the digital media industry.

“Our AVATAR initiative will recruit leaders from around the world to LSU to perform cutting-edge research in high-performance computing, video game development, interactive systems, visual effects and digital arts,” he said in a statement. “(The EA collaboration) will greatly enhance our ability to attract global leaders in digital media, including scientists, artists and engineers, to LSU.”
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