Louisiana Realtors, which is renovating a downtown home for its new offices, is temporarily delaying a 5,000-square-foot addition.
Instead of building the addition to the home at 821 Main St., Louisiana Realtors will add a covered courtyard with landscaping and a fountain, said Rowan Knight, a spokeswoman for the organization. Louisiana Realtors will look to build the addition in the next two years, she said.
The addition is being delayed because of cost concerns. Knight said the costs of the renovation to the building have been more than expected. Because the organization is a nonprofit, Knight said it has to be careful with money. “We’re keeping everything the same, nothing is changing,” she said. “We’re just waiting to do it.”
Louisiana Realtors broke ground in December on the renovation. The work is expected to cost $2 million and is on track to be completed by the end of 2015.
The original plans called for the demolition of the home, which was built around 1922 and is one of the last residences in Baton Rouge’s central business district. But that drew opposition from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.
Revised plans were than submitted that called for an addition to be built on the back of the home. That space was to be used for continuing education programs, receptions and meetings.
Knight said when the addition is built, it will be separate from the main building. The covered courtyard will remain.
Louisiana Realtors, one of the largest trade organizations in the state with about 11,500 members, has been without a permanent office since May 2013 when a fire caused by lightning destroyed its Bennington Avenue headquarters.
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