A rezoning request has been submitted to turn the old Southern Camera Service building on Government Street into a restaurant.

Geordy Waters of Waters & Pettit Commercial Real Estate, who is marketing the building at 2978 Government St., said he’s seeking the rezoning to make it easier to find a new owner for the building. The city-parish Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the rezoning at its March 16 meeting.

“We’re kind of putting the cart before the horse, but we wanted to get the zoning done,” Waters said. That way, a potential owner won’t have to worry about zoning problems cropping up after purchasing the building. The building has been vacant for several years since the camera business closed.

The 3,150-square-foot building would be ideal for a restaurant because of its location near the model block of businesses near Baton Rouge Magnet High, Waters said. Two lots next to the camera store could be turned into parking lots with space for more than 30 cars. “This would conform perfectly with the new design requirements for Government Street,” he said. “You could have parking behind the restaurant and a patio up to the sidewalk.”

Waters got local architectural firm DNA Workshop to make conceptual drawings of sleek building with a large patio to give potential tenants an idea of what could go in the renovated space. “There are a lot of positive attributes,” he said. “For the right person, it would be a perfect fit, but a lot of money will have to go into it.”

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