The first component of the Water Campus, a 33-acre center for coastal education and research between downtown and LSU, was approved by the City-Parish Planning Commission Monday.

Commissioners also approved a rezoning request from the Tipitina’s Foundation to turn two buildings at 5049 Melrose Blvd. and 5069 Melrose Blvd. into office/classroom space, audio and video recording studios, digital media editing suites and rehearsal rooms for local musicians.

Commissioners approved plans to rezone a 2-acre section to allow the construction of a four-story, 65,000-square-foot Water Campus building at 510 Oklahoma St. The building will be the headquarters for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The CPRA is a state agency that is responsible for coastal restoration and protection projects and planning in Louisiana.

The CPRA building is one of three properties in the first phase of the Water Campus, along with the headquarters for the Water Institute of the Gulf and the River Modeling Center, which will have a small-scale model of the Mississippi River. All three properties are set to open in 2016.