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Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos posted a 4.6% increase in winnings in September when compared to the year before, the best performance of any of the state’s gambling markets during a month that was heavily impacted by hurricanes. 

Hollywood Casino, which recently announced plans to build a gambling barge on land that will open in February 2022, brought in nearly $4.6 million during the month. That was a 19.1% increase over the $3.8 million it brought in during September 2019.

Plans have been submitted for a 309-unit apartment complex at Burbank Drive and Bluebonnet Boulevard.

The Bend on Bluebonnet would consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom units spread out across four buildings. The apartments are being developed by TWG Development of Indianapolis, which has a portfolio of affordable, market-rate and senior housing in 11 states, mainly in the Midwest.

The item is set to go before the city-parish Planning Commission on November 16.

The commission is also set to hear Hollywood Casino’s request to rezone its property so the casino can move onto land. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has already approved Hollywood’s request to move off of its gambling boat and into an expanded dockside facility. The riverboat’s 859 slot machines and 12 table games would be moved into what is now the casino atrium.

Also at that meeting, the Planning Commission will hear a request to rezone a 20.1-acre tract at 7231 Innovation Park Drive for a zero lot line subdivision. The average lot in the development would be 4,500 square feet. William FaKouri is proposing the development, River Hills Farm.

FaKouri said he wants to build a development with 90 lots. Plans are to sell lots in the mid-$60,000 range, with homes going for between $250,000 to $275,000. The target market for the development will be first-time homebuyers, LSU faculty, staff and students.

“We want to do something with the land out there,” he said. “It’s picked up pretty good around Burbank.”

If the commission approves the rezoning request, FaKouri hopes to start developing lots in the spring.


Email Timothy Boone at tboone@theadvocate.com.