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Downtown Projects Update/Economic Incentives Available
Summer is heating up and so is Downtown Development

Development continues on a number of great downtown projects. The 19th Judicial Courthouse will soon welcome a long time favorite BR burger restaurant, two local churches have just undergone major renovations, and the construction of North Boulevard Town Square continues at full steam. Below are some of the exciting projects currently on the horizon.

View a map of the new developments

North Boulevard Town Square and Galvez Plaza are taking shape as construction crews continue progress on the $9.3 million development.
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First Presbyterian has just completed a landscape expansion project designed by local landscape architectural firm, Joseph Furr Design Studios.
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Dearman's is bringing their classic soda fountains and diner style lunch menu to the 19th Judicial District Courthouse building. Opening August 1st.

First United Methodist is wrapping up a state of the art multi-million dollar expansion and renovation. To take a virtual tour,
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Viking culinary school on the pool deck of the Hilton Capitol Center Hotel is scheduled to open in mid September. A list of classes should become available within a couple of weeks.
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On June 30, Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects unveiled the final Repentance Park re-design plans to downtown stakeholders and city officials.
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Heavy construction equipment will soon be moved on site to prepare for the construction of the new 137 room Hampton Inn & Suites at 462 Lafayette St.
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The Lafayette Gallery or the historic Tessier Building on Lafayette Street will soon undergo renovations made possible by using historic tax credits.
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Economic Incentives

Several of these projects were made possible through economic incentives offered for downtown development. Information for the numerous incentives available can be found here. For additional information about these projects and the economic incentives please call 389-5520 or email us at

"A paramount reason why we are focused on development projects in downtown Baton Rouge is because of the economic incentives available. We have utilized several tax incentive packages that have increased the economic feasibility of developments such as the Kress Building and the Hotel Indigo. These economic incentives motivate developers to reinvest in existing structures, using preservation as a tool for growth and development."

John Schneider
Chairman, Vision City Dev. Group, LLC
Downtown Property Owner and Resident

"The economic incentives available in downtown Baton Rouge offer a great opportunity to preserve the historic character and scale of downtown Baton Rouge while providing an economic stimulus to reuse existing structures. As an architect on downtown projects such as the Kress Welsh-Levy, we always encourage our clients to take full advantage of economic incentives that will in turn encourage the adaptive reuse of existing downtown structures."

Norman Chenevert
Chenvert Architects
Downtown Property Owner and Resident

Available Economic Incentives
Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
5 Year Property Tax Abatement On Improvements To Structures
State Commercial Historic Tax Credits
State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits-Residential
Downtown Cultural District
Development Impact Fee Waivers
Small Business Facade Improvement Grant
Gap Financing Program
Economic Development Zone Status
Tax Increment Financing

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Available lease space

Map of planned and potential development sites
Map of proposed DDD boundary expansion
More information on Downtown economic incentives

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227 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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