The Downtown Development District plans to install temporary screens later this year to obscure parking lots on Florida Street.

Davis Rhorer, executive director of the DDD, said the agency has budgeted about $30,000 for the screens, which would be included in the plans to improve the streetscape on Florida and Lafayette streets.

The screens would be made of material such as metal pipe and would be moveable, Rhorer said. “We want something artistic in nature, that can be placed in case there’s development in a parking lot,” he said. Plans are to put the screens around the parking lots at Florida and River Road and Florida and Lafayette streets. The screens could be moved to other locations downtown to tie into art events.

The DDD is looking at about 10 different designs for the screens and hopes to narrow the options down to three. The DDD plans to select the winning design in “the next couple of months” so they can be installed before the end of the year, Rhorer said.

In other business, the Downtown Development District Commission met Michael Day, recently named as general manager of the Baton Rouge River Center.

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