A site plan for a 142-unit apartment complex that would be built at Florida and North Sixth streets in downtown Baton Rouge has been submitted to the city-parish Planning Commission.
John O. Hearin, who owns several downtown properties and parking lots, is proposing building The Lofts at 6C, a six-story complex. Along with 58 one-bedroom and 84 two-bedroom units, the development will include a clubhouse, swimming pool, landscaped courtyards and 2,859 square feet of commercial space.
Hearin has long discussed plans for a mixed-use building along a section of Sixth Street that he owns between Florida and Convention, which would include apartments and ground-floor retail. Currently, he operates a parking lot on the site, but that would be demolished to make room for the apartments.
There’s been a boom in apartment construction downtown in recent years. In 2015, the 440 on Third and 525 Lafayette developments opened, adding 150 units. Another 176 units are currently under construction in five apartment developments: the Commerce Building redevelopment at Laurel and Third, which will add 93 units; the 24-unit Maritime One Building, across from the Baton Rouge RiverCenter; the 28-unit Onyx Residences at the corner of Third and Convention streets; the 25-unit Beauregard Quarters development at Napoleon and America; and the redevelopment of the Saltz Building at 442 Main, which will add six units.
The commission is set to vote on the plans for The Lofts at 6C at its Feb. 15 meeting.
Also going before the commission is a request to close Community College Drive, which connects Government Street and Florida Boulevard, through Baton Rouge Community College. The application said that closing the street would provide safer and more aesthetically pleasing pedestrian routes through BRCC.