Developers are planning to break ground in the spring on a 25,000-square-foot mixed-use development on Government Street that will be a blend of residences, office space, restaurants and retail.
Square 46 will be built on the old Giamanco’s restaurant site at 4646 Government, said Joshua Hoffpauir, the architect who is developing the site. Giamanco’s went out of business in 2002 and the land was cleared several years ago.
Hoffpauir said he is scheduled to close on a deal to buy the 1-acre site Friday. “I looked at the site about eight years ago,” he said. The land was part of a larger tract back then, and the owner at the time didn’t want to split up the property, he said. “All the stars lined up now and we are ready to go,” Hoffpauir said.
The exact mix of Square 46 is still being determined, based on what the market will bear. But the plan is to have a mix of market-rate apartments for rent and condominiums for sale. There will be office space, restaurants and retailers, and priority will be given to bringing in local businesses. Hoffpauir said he will include a “green alley space” in the development where farmers markets and community events can be held.
Square 46 is the latest development along Government Street, including the model block of businesses near Baton Rouge Magnet High, a new home for Anthony’s Italian Deli and the East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority’s plans to overhaul the old Entergy site at 1509 Government.
“We want to capitalize off the whole Government Street plan,” Hoffpauir said. “We think this will be a great plug-in that adds to the Capital Heights community.”
Square 46 will cost about $4 million to $4.5 million to build, including land costs, Hoffpauir said.
The public will be able to get its first look at Square 46 during the Mid City Merchants White Night Light event Friday night. Renderings of the development will be on display, along with the works of some local artists. “We’ll be able to talk to people and tell them what we’re doing,” Hoffpauir said. “People are excited to see what is happening on Government Street.”
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