The Elias, a 25-unit apartment complex in Beauregard Town, is expected to open in the first quarter of 2018.
Walter Comeaux, who is developing The Elias, shared details of the complex with the Downtown Development District Commission Tuesday at its monthly meeting. The complex is under construction at Napoleon and America streets.
The four-story complex, which was first proposed in summer 2014, was originally called Beauregard Quarters. It was renamed after Elias Beauregard, whose property was plotted in 1806 to create Beauregard Town.
Units in The Elias will range in size from one- to three-bedrooms and will lease for between $1,500 for a one-bedroom with one bathroom and $2,800 for a three-bedroom with three baths.
Amenities will include ground-floor parking garages, built-in surround sound speaker systems in every unit and a package delivery system in which residents are texted when they get a package and told how to retrieve it from a special locker.
A website for The Elias will go online sometime in the next month.
While Comeaux and Chad Rigby, a partner in the development, said they originally thought the target market for The Elias would be young professionals who work downtown. However, the biggest interest has come from empty nesters and retired couples who are looking to downsize, they said.
In other business, the DDD approved its 2018 budget, which calls for spending $760,260 in the upcoming year, a 12.6 percent increase over the 2017 budget of $675,050.
Davis Rhorer, executive director, said the additional spending is due to the expanded size of downtown. The Legislature nearly doubled the size of the district in 2012, and voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that applied the 10-mill downtown property tax to the entire area beginning this year.
The Metro Council is set to vote on final approval of the budget in December.
The DDD also heard from Chad Dinkel, who plans to open the Purpose Church. The church will be open on Sundays in the Lyceum Ballroom beginning Jan. 21.
The church is an offshoot of Restoring Purpose Ministries, a group that Dinkel set up to help men and women who are dealing with drug and alcohol addictions. The ministry operates several transitional living centers across the city.
“We help the hurting of Baton Rouge and we’re looking forward to expanding our territory,” he said.
Purpose Church will have an office in the Lyceum Ballroom so people who may be going to court can drop by. “Being close to the courthouse is really helpful for us to do outreach to people who have tough criminal situations,” Dinkel said.