A year-end flurry of rezonings and infill developments were filed with the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission this week.
The developments include a second phase of The Elysian, a mixed-income development on Spanish Town Road, and another apartment complex; a new branch and corporate offices for Pelican State Credit Union; and a rezoning request from ShoppersChoice that would allow the grill and outdoor furniture retailer to serve alcohol at its Coursey Boulevard store.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Jan. 19.
Gulf Coast Housing Partnership submitted a request for a small planned unit development for the Elysian II. The 100-unit development will be built at 1120 Spanish Town Road, to the west of the first section of The Elysian. The first 100 units in The Elysian opened in 2013. East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority officials have said the complex has been successful, filling up with tenants and revitalizing a blighted section of the city.
Officials with LDG Development in Louisville, Kentucky, submitted a request for a site plan and a parking waiver for their latest affordable-housing development, The Meadows at Nicholson, which will be built near the Nicholson Drive-Gardere intersection. The Meadows will have 228 units, split between two- and three-bedroom models.
Chris Dischinger, of LDG, said not all of the financing is in place for The Meadows and construction won’t begin until late 2016, depending on how long it takes to obtain permits. Earlier this week, LDG paid $745,000 for 11.6 acres of land at Airline Highway and Evangeline Street and said it plans to build the Port Royal Apartments “immediately.” Port Royal will have 192 units and is LDG’s third property in Baton Rouge, joining Mallard Crossing Apartments at 11320 Greenwell Springs Road and the 48-unit Wood Crest Apartments at 1682 N. Lobdell Blvd.
LDG also is seeking the Planning Commission’s approval for a parking waiver that would put the number of available spaces at the Meadows 14.5 percent below the city-parish parking requirements. LDG said it’s basing the request on activity at Mallard Crossing, where it said 18 percent to 20 percent of parking spaces are underutilized. LDG wants to have 438 parking spots and 11 handicapped spaces, while the parking requirements call for 512.5 spots and nine handicapped spaces.
A half-acre lot at 7200 Silverleaf Ave. has applied for rezoning as light commercial. Milford Trosclair, who submitted the request, said the plan is to build a shopping center with 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of service businesses and retailers.
Pelican State Credit Union wants to build a branch and corporate offices at 2675 O’Neal Lane. The credit union’s corporate offices are at 3232 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Pelican State will build a 66,000-square-foot building on the O’Neal site.
ShoppersChoice is requesting to rezone its retail store at 10920 Coursey Blvd. to allow for commercial alcoholic beverage sales. In its filing, officials said they want to serve beer to customers while they shop .
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