The Downtown Development District’s board of commissioners will consider three plans to expand downtown’s boundaries: One to the north and east; one to the south; and one that would incorporate both areas.
The board, presented with the options Tuesday morning at its monthly meeting, will vote next month, though any plan would need to be approved by the city-parish, the state and voters in the expansion areas.
Executive Director Davis Rhorer said that entire process would be at least 18 months, noting the southward expansion along Nicholson Drive was a later recommendation that came from consultant John Fregonese and the Future BR planning initiative.
The area to the north, which includes vacant industrial property, the Northdale Community and Memorial Stadium, was presented several months ago.
The plans also recommends increasing the DDD staff; requesting the state dedicate to downtown 2 cents of the 4 cent sales tax collected in the district; increasing the 10 mill DDD tax by 2.5 mills; and rasing the city sales tax within the district by 0.25 percent.
In other business, Lafayette-based Mexican restaurant chain El Azteca will come downtown in the former Little Village site on Lafayette Street.