The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority is on track to have a developer in place by March to redevelop a 6-acre industrial Entergy site on Government Street.
The RDA announced Monday that it secured Portland-based Fregonese Associates to write the request for proposals to redevelop the Entergy site. The agency expects to have the RFP by December.
After choosing a developer, the RDA hopes to start construction on the property next year.
The plan is for Entergy’s two red buildings to become mixed-use outlets for retail, shopping, dining and living. Proposals could also include planning for a potential train station for a Baton Rouge to New Orleans commuter line, an idea that has gained some traction in both cities but still lacks dedicated financing.
“The RDA is grateful to Entergy for making this iconic site the centerpiece of a rebirth of this area of Baton Rouge,” RDA Chairman John B. Noland said in a news release.