Villages of Americana

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CPRT recently welcomed new residents to the Villages of Americana in Zachary, La. The Villages are sixty, one and two - bedroom luxury apartments located at the entrance of the Americana traditional neighborhood development in Zachary. The units include granite counter tops, balconies, washer and dryers, stainless appliances with gas cooktops, hardwood floors, and 24-hour access- controlled buildings.

The four-story apartment building has retail space available on the first floor. Bistro Byronz, a neighborhood family restaurant, and Lit Pizza, a favorite among locals, will open in September.

Americana is home to a state of the art YMCA complete with an outdoor Olympic size pool, splash pad, and tennis courts. Kidz Karousel daycare recently opened in the neighborhood joining Walk-Ons Bistreaux the first existing retailer in the development.

The neighborhood is filling up quickly with homeowners as the Zachary School system holds the honor of being ranked the top school district in the state for the 13th year in a row.

Americana Zachary is home to one of the most beautiful and friendly dog parks in the area. Dogs can swim in a beautiful lake with an easy in and out ramp made just for them! Kids can toss their favorite balls to their furry friends from a large pier and watch them swim back for another round. “We can hardly keep up with our dog Jack when it’s time to go to the park,” says Stephanie Leone, Villages of Americana resident, “I think he loves living here even more than we do,” she added.

Onyx Residences

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The twenty-seven one and two-bedroom apartments at the Onyx Residences in downtown Baton Rouge are almost completely leased. Located at one of downtown’s most popular corners, Third and Convention Street, Onyx Residences are in the middle of the action. Residents step out of their front doors and they are in the North Boulevard Town Square for a concert or festival. In the evening, just a few steps to one of the local restaurants for dinner and then on their way home they can stop off for a night cap at one of the trendy pubs.

“I love standing out on my balcony enjoying a Mardi Gras parade or watching ships go by on the Mississippi River” says Joe Mosby, Onyx resident. Onyx Residences are the perfect place to live for the young professional that wants to be in the middle of everything.

Iberia Bank and Regal Nails are located on the first floor. 3,300 sf of retail space is still available for lease. For more information about leasing an apartment, please call 225.709.1733. If you are interested in leasing commercial space, please call 225.924.7206.

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THIRD BUILDING AT THE WATER CAMPUS

New Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions and The Water Institute of The Gulf are now open for business

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation President/CEO, John Davies were joined by Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome and Justin Ehrenwerth, CEO/President of The Water Institute of The Gulf, in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the $25 million Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions. Dignitaries and guests watched as a ribbon was cut to officially open the building.   

Capitalizing on Louisiana’s growing stature as a center of global water management research and development, this iconic building contributes to the Baton Rouge skyline, marks the rebirth of the city’s former municipal dock, and serves as a focal point for the important work being done to save our coast,” Gov. Edwards said. “This project is the quintessential example of the impact we can make on our future through strategic investments in public-private partnerships.”

This event marks the third building on The Water Campus with two others set to break ground by year end. The 34,000 square-foot building designed by architects, Coleman Partners and Perkins+Will, will consist of office space on the second floor while also housing a 6,000 square-foot conference center on the third floor.  The Estuary Conference and Event Venue will be play host to academic conventions, research conferences, as well as serve as an event venue for corporate events and private receptions.  The first floor is a shared co-working space known as Waterworking.

The Water Campus, currently a $60 million urban development in downtown Baton Rouge, is the home of the Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions and The Water Institute of The Gulf, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority as well as the LSU Center for River Studies.  The Campus is a catalyst for development along the Nicholson Corridor between downtown and LSU.  It will provide a strategic location for future interaction between both regional, national and international coastal, environmental and water-related stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, educational and research institutions and engineering, environmental, planning and consulting firms, as well as nonprofit advocates. 

“This building fulfills another milestone in our commitment to position Louisiana as a leader in the coastal solutions water sector. The Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions will propel Louisiana onto the cutting-edge of coastal protection innovation, with Baton Rouge serving as a thriving landmark for major businesses and restoration projects,” said Davies.

The building is located on the old Baton Rouge Municipal Dock Property (approximately 11 acres) - constructed in 1926 for $550,000. It enabled ocean-going vessels to off-load heavy cargo onto barges for upriver transport, or to rail for inland shipment through Baton Rouge.  With the construction of the port facility on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, the old City Dock was no longer in service by 1968.

“I am extremely excited about the possibilities that this campus will bring to our great capital city,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said. “Not only will it add to our skyline, but it will add to our educational, research, real estate, business and tourism offerings. Also, as this facility grows, our economy also grows. This is indeed an impressive development for the city and parish, and showcases the importance of water in this area and beyond.”

“We are delighted to move into this iconic building on the river and are excited to see it become a focal point for scientists from across the state and around the world,” said Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf. “As The Water Campus grows, this new building will serve as the gathering place for the best scientists, engineers, and researchers as we collectively work toward making communities and economies more resilient in the face of an uncertain future.”

“This Center will house some incredible scientific minds working to identify solutions to address Louisiana’s coastal state of emergency,” said CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry. “But while we pause here for a few moments today, the crisis on our coast does not pause. Land loss continues, and that is why we continue to work day in and day out with a great sense of urgency, implementing projects, creating tens of thousands of acres of land and marsh, restoring our barrier islands, and building defenses to save what makes Louisiana the unique place we call home.”

The Water Campus is a public and private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the city of Baton Rouge, LSU, and the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority along with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Commercial Properties Realty Trust which has extensive development, redevelopment and project management experience.  

TOPPING-OFF CEREMONY FOR THIRD BUILDING AT THE WATER CAMPUS

New Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions and The Water Institute of The Gulf Reach Construction Milestone

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Commissioner of Administration for the state of Louisiana, Jay Dardenne and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation President/CEO, John Davies were joined by Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome and Justin Ehrenwerth, CEO/President of The Water Institute of The Gulf, in a topping-off ceremony. Dignitaries and guests signed a piece of structural steel to be installed near the top of the third-floor Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions and The Water Institute of The Gulf now under construction and slated for completion in December 2017.

This event marks the third building on The Water Campus with two others set to break ground by year end. The 34,000 square-foot building designed by Coleman Partners and Perkins+Will, will consist of office space on the first and second floors while also housing an 8,000 square-foot conference center on the third floor. The conference center will be play host to academic conventions, research conferences, as well as serve as an event venue for corporate events and private receptions.

The Water Campus, currently a $60 million urban development in downtown Baton Rouge, is the home of the Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions and The Water Institute of The Gulf, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority as well as the LSU Center for River Studies.

“Today’s topping-off ceremony fulfills another milestone in our commitment to position Louisiana as a leader in the coastal solutions water sector. The Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions will propel Louisiana onto the cutting-edge of coastal protection innovation, with Baton Rouge serving as a thriving landmark for major businesses and restoration projects,” said Davies.

The building is located on the old Baton Rouge Municipal Dock Property (approximately 11 acres) - constructed in 1926 for $550,000. It enabled ocean-going vessels to off-load heavy cargo onto barges for upriver transport, or to rail for inland shipment through Baton Rouge. With the construction of the port facility on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, the old City Dock was no longer in service by 1968.

“This remarkable building on the bank of the Mississippi River represents an exciting future for The Water Institute of the Gulf. Together, we will move forward with restoring our coast while exporting the knowledge and science-based solutions developed in Louisiana to coastal and deltaic communities around the world,” said Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf. “This iconic building will not only serve as a landmark in Baton Rouge, but it will become a gathering point for experts from around the world.”

The Water Campus is a catalyst for development along the Nicholson Corridor between downtown and LSU. It will provide a strategic location for future interaction between both regional, national and international coastal, environmental and water-related stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, educational and research institutions and engineering, environmental, planning and consulting firms, as well as nonprofit advocates.

The Water Campus is a public and private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the city of Baton Rouge, LSU, and the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority along with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Commercial Properties Realty Trust which has extensive development, redevelopment and project management experience.


 About BRAF: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation: The Foundation is a community foundation with $626 million in assets. The Foundation connects philanthropists with nonprofits to make sure the needs of communities are met. After decades of providing the vision and the resources necessary to enhance the quality of life throughout south Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Recognized for its work as an innovative problem solver and visionary, the Foundation and its partners, both public and private, have achieved a long and impressive list of accomplishments in urban revitalization, education, research, the arts, regional transportation and infrastructure improvement. For more about the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, visit BRAF.org.

About CPRT: Commercial Properties Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust that manages and develops property holdings of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Because of this relationship with a community foundation, a portion of the profits are shared for improving the quality of life in areas where CPRT operates. CPRT manages shopping centers and mixed-use properties in North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. For more, visit CPRT.com.

About The Water Institute of the Gulf: The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems, both within the Gulf Coast and around the world. This mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society. For more information, visit www.thewaterinstitute.org.

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For more information contact:
Susan Boudreaux, Mayor's Office: (225) 389-5101
Michelle McCalope, Mayor's Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish Initiative Lets Electric Car Owners Charge for Free

Program begins in downtown with chargers in public parking spaces

Today Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden unveiled a new City-Parish initiative called "Green Park Baton Rouge", a program that will let drivers of electric cars charge their vehicles for free at prime public parking spots, starting in downtown and spreading to private businesses across the parish.

Electric vehicles parking in metered spots must pay normal parking fees, but may use the charging station for free for up to four hours. Entergy is the lead sponsor of Green Park, providing a $75,000 grant to purchase and install the charging stations and covering the cost of electricity. Holden was joined for the announcement by Phillip May of Entergy along with representatives of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation which helped coordinate the program for the city, and Ann Shaneyfelt of Louisiana Clean Fuels, a non-profit organization in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

"With more individuals and companies buying electric cars, this will allow Baton Rouge to greatly expand access to charging stations and provide the same convenience we offer to drivers of gas powered autos," Mayor Holden said. "We welcome these quiet, environmentally friendly electric cars so it just makes sense to accommodate the needs of all types of vehicles on our streets."

"Entergy is proud to be one of the cleanest power producers in the country," said May. "These electric charging stations will be beneficial to people who drive electric cars and may even spur others to give them a try. In the long run, it can provide economic benefits for the drivers, as well as environmental benefits for all of us."

Holden announced the program at the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge, where the first 11 Green Park spaces will be located. Pointing out that electric cars are no longer an oddity, Holden said price drops have made them affordable to more motorists.

The Foundation and City-Parish officials are talking with private businesses and large institutions about adding Green Park charging stations at work locations. Though still a niche market, sales of electric cars are expected to rise rapidly as manufacturers produce cars that can travel farther without a charge, prices continue to decline and federal and state incentives are often available.

Later this year, Chevrolet will sell its new Bolt for $30,000 with a 200-mile range. Late next year, Tesla is expected to deliver its Model 3, a $35,000 sedan with range of more than 200 miles. Advance orders for the Model 3 have exceeded 400,000.

For consumers, electric cars are quieter, friendly to the environment and cheaper to operate. The Nissan Leaf, for instance, gets about 114 miles per gallon of gas equivalent. Electric cars have fewer parts—no transmissions and simple engines, making them less expensive to service.

Green Park will help to overcome another hurdle for electric cars, providing charging stations near where people work.  A summer 2016 report by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation–BR CityStats–showed that 39% of EBR residents would be interested in purchasing an electric car if their employer offered charging stations. Ultimately, the City-Parish and its partners in the Green Park Baton Rouge initiative hope to add close to 50 new electric vehicle charging stations throughout the parish at popular destinations and local businesses.

 

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