The first component of the Water Campus, a 33-acre center for coastal education and research between downtown and LSU, will go before the City-Parish Planning Commission in October.
Plans to rezone a 2-acre section to allow the construction of a four-story, 65,000-square-foot building at 510 Oklahoma St. were submitted to the Planning Commission. They will be up for approval at the organization’s Oct. 20 meeting. 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.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is creating the master plan for the Water Campus.
Commercial Properties Realty Trust, the foundation’s real estate arm, will develop and manage the property.
The Water Campus will have 1.5 million square feet of space on the 33-acre site once it is fully built out, and private firms can set up shop so they can be close to the CPRA and the Water Institute of the Gulf.