Renovations at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s planetarium are under way and should be completed in mid-November, planetarium director Jon Elvert said Tuesday.
Elvert told the Downtown Development District’s board of commissioners that the work got under way Aug. 1 and is scheduled to be completed Nov. 18.
Until then, the planetarium is closed.
The first phase of the roughly $2 million overhaul will increase the seating capacity from 143 to 172.
The second phase will give the planetarium’s projector the ability to project 3-D images onto its 60-foot domed ceiling by next spring.
The reopening, which also would feature upgraded exhibition areas, would be just in time for a visit from roughly 500 delegates from the International Planetarium Society, who will be here July 12, shortly after the planned bowling convention.
Elvert said the IPS conference will use 65,000 square feet of the Baton Rouge River Center.
In other business, the DDD’s board heard:
• Go Ya Ya’s will open a creperie in the Red Stick Farmers Market in a spot vacated by Charlie’s Coffee.
• Reich & Associates landscape architecture firm is renovating the home at 301 East Blvd. for its offices.
e_SBlt First United Methodist Church will consecrate its newly expanded church on North Boulevard on Sunday.
e_SBlt Grace Notes Music Studio has expanded its offerings of music lessons at its St. Joseph Street studio to include brass and woodwind instruments, in addition to string instruments.