Two major projects in Mid City — the redevelopment of the old Entergy site on Government Street and the creation of a neighborhood surrounding the old Goodwood Plantation — moved closer to reality Monday.
The city-parish’s planning commission voted to rezone the Entergy site for commercial uses, and they signed off on the establishment of the Goodwood Avenue neighborhood. The Metro Council will now need to approve the Entergy site zoning, while the Goodwood neighborhood does not need further approval.
The old Entergy site at 1509 Government St. is a fenced-off series of buildings with red brick and broken glass, and it has been ripe for redevelopment. The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority is hoping to turn the buildings into loft apartments and commercial space and is using it as one of its main projects.
RDA leaders have said they hope the changes on the Entergy property will usher in redevelopment across Mid City from 19th Street to Interstate 10. Residents and consultants have chimed in over the past year about what they would like to see at the site.
Local developer Michael Hogstrom bought the Goodwood Plantation a few months ago, with plans to turn the 16.8 acres surrounding it into 46 homes for a new neighborhood. The gated subdivision will be called Adelia at Old Goodwood, and home prices will start at $750,000 to $800,000.
Hogstrom plans to turn the 165-year-old plantation home into a clubhouse for neighbors. The neighborhood will be north of Goodwood Avenue, south of Government Street and east of Finchley Avenue.
The planning commission also voted to release control of a portion of Community College Drive to Baton Rouge Community College. The road connects Florida Boulevard to Government Street and passes through the campus, but Interim Chancellor Dennis Michaelis said it poses a safety threat.
He said the street breaks apart the campus, putting students in danger as they try to cross from one side to the other.
The college wants to close part of the road to traffic and add a roundabout instead.
Asked if he could recall any pedestrians being hit while crossing Community College Drive, Michaelis said he could not, but added: “My question is: How many do we need?”
The Planning Commission voted unanimously on revoking their control over the part of the road, and the item will need Metro Council approval.