The city-parish will seek proposals within the next few months for installing security and decorative lighting underneath the Interstate 10-Interstate 110 overpass to create more downtown parking spaces.

Also at a Tuesday Downtown Development District meeting, commissioners heard from officials with Cordon Rouge French Bistro, a restaurant set to open at 334 Third St., and were told details about the Holiday Shop Hop, a pop-up market that will be held Dec. 10 downtown.

The city-parish traffic engineering department is working on a request for proposals for the lighting project, Davis Rhorer, executive director of the DDD, said.

The DDD has set aside $250,000 for the light installation, which Rhorer said will add 540 free parking spaces for people who work or visit downtown.

Rhorer said he would “certainly like” for the RFP to go out in the first half of 2016. There’s been talk about installing lights that could change color for holidays or special events.

Ingolf Partenheimer, the city-parish’s chief traffic engineer, said because of the complex lighting systems that are being considered, there’s talk about leasing the lights from a company and paying them for maintenance.

“You get into some of those lighting designs and equipment, there are very complicated electronics,” he said.

Partenheimer said he hopes to finish the RFP by next week, then pass it to the purchasing department, which will solicit the proposals.

CORDON ROUGE: Rhonda Crosswhite, the owner, and Matt Harrison, general manager, said the Cordon Rouge bistro will serve French fare with a focus primarily on breakfast and lunch. The restaurant will be open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and for brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Crosswhite, a pastry chef who was trained in Paris, said Cordon Rouge will serve pastries made in-house, along with produce purchased from the downtown farmers market. She’s worked up a menu with lunch favorites, such as chicken salad, along with dishes people may not know.

Cordon Rouge is securing its final permits and should open in the next few weeks. Harrison said the opening date will be “no later than mid-November.”

HOLIDAY SHOP HOP: The event is sponsored by the DDD, Visit Baton Rouge, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, the Downtown Business Association and Destination Downtown. Businesses will provide space to downtown vendors to sell art, jewelry, clothing, books and other merchandise. The goal is to give people who work downtown the flexibility to buy holiday gifts from local merchants at convenient locations. The Holiday Shop Hop will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

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