East Baton Rouge looking at mixed-use redevelopment options for Entergy site on Government St. _lowres


The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority is considering proposals from eight teams who want to redevelop the 6.1-acre Entergy site on Government Street.

At its meeting Friday morning, the RDA is hearing from a Fregonese and Associates team that reviewed the applications. The Fregonese team could give the RDA a list of several finalists for the redevelopment or may make one recommendation. Either way, the RDA has said it hopes to select a developer for the site by June.

The goal is to select a team with a compelling vision for the Entergy site and a track record of successful developments of a similar nature.

The plan is to build a mixed-income, mixed-use development on the Entergy property that will serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of Mid City.

That would include a balance of market-rate and affordable housing, along with retail and office space. The total value of the development is pegged at between $25 million and $35 million.

The teams that expressed interest in redeveloping the site at 1509 Government St. are:

• CLB Porter and Manning Architects, both from New Orleans. CLB Porter has done affordable housing developments in New Orleans.

• Columbia Residential, Atlanta and Block Companies, Baton Rouge. Columbia Residential has affordable housing developments in New Orleans, Texas and Georgia.

• Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corp., New Orleans, and Chenevert Architects, Baton Rouge. RNDC has affordable and senior housing developments in New Orleans, Houma and Shreveport.

• Fitch Development and Coleman Partners Architects, both from Baton Rouge. Fitch was involved in the development of The Creative Bloc shared-office space building in downtown Baton Rouge.

Alembic Community Development, New Orleans. Alembic has done affordable housing developments in New Orleans and south Mississippi.

• Onsite Design, Charles Landry, Carbo Landscape Architecture and Ritter Maher Architects, all from Baton Rouge. Onsite has been involved in a number of infill developments in Baton Rouge, including E’Tage Gardens and Adelia at Goodwood Plantation.

• Vision City Development Group and Cyntreniks, both from Baton Rouge. Vision City is made up of principals from Cyntreniks, which was responsible for a number of redevelopment projects in downtown Baton Rouge, including the Hotel Indigo and Kress at Third & Main.

• Weinstein Nelson Development Team and Electric Depot, both from Baton Rouge. Weinstein Nelson is responsible for the redevelopment of a number of downtown properties, including the mixed-use 440 on Third building and the 500 Laurel St. office building.