A “restaurant and entertainment venue with bowling” is one element that a team redeveloping the 6.1-acre former Entergy site on Government Street hopes to put into place.
Tara Titone, director of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, said Thursday that the Weinstein Nelson team should sign a lease on two of the buildings at the site in the next month and start construction by late March-early April.
Plans include the entertainment venue in one of the buildings. Titone told the RDA’s board of directors that a press release about the development should be out after Mardi Gras.
Nelson Weinstein also has a line on a tenant for a second building in the development.
“They have a pretty aggressive start date for this,” Titone said.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority voted Friday to negotiate with a team le…
The RDA voted in May to negotiate with Weinstein Nelson for the $20 million redevelopment of the Entergy site at 1509 Government St. Weinstein Nelson has been involved in the redevelopment of a number of downtown properties, including the mixed-use 440 on Third building and the 500 Laurel St. site. It was one of eight groups that submitted proposals to redevelop the Entergy site.
Dyke Nelson, co-founder and lead designer, has said the goal is to build a development that fits in with the surrounding neighborhoods — a “multigenerational, multicultural, mixed-income facility that accommodates all types of people.” Nelson’s architecture firm, DNA Workshop, has its offices within a block of the property.
The development could potentially include family entertainment; a restaurant; “a healthy living-focused shop” that would include exercise facilities and sell healthy meals; event space; retailers; and commercial offices, Nelson said. There would be 24 housing units in the first phase for elderly residents.
Weinstein Nelson’s team, which is doing business as Electric Depot LLC, has a number of design and development partners, including CB&I Environmental and Infrastructure; Joseph Furr Design Studio; Stantec engineering; HR&A Financial Consultant; National Housing Consultant Services; GAS Ventures, a group that includes local developer Anthony Kimble along with former LSU basketball stars Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Garrett Temple; the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Foundation; former Community Coffee CEO Matt Saurage; and Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.
Also at the meeting, Gwen Hamilton, interim president and chief executive officer of the RDA, said the organization has enough money to continue operating through 2017, as long as the cash-strapped organization holds its expenses at the current level and doesn’t take on any new programs. Former Mayor-President Kip Holden allocated a $200,000 stipend for the RDA in the current budget after giving the organization $100,000 in 2016. The RDA has been working on establishing a stable permanent source of funding so it can continue its work.
The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority expects to run out of money by March 17 and off…
“We can continue doing the work we have in place, which is substantial,” she said.
One of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's transition committees has recommended fusing t…
One of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s transition committees has recommended merging the RDA in with the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority and the city-parish Office of Community Development. Hamilton said she’s waiting to see what recommendation Broome makes, but said combining the groups could be more productive. “This is a recommendation that could better align things that create true mixed-income housing,” she said.