By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor
Baton Rouge, La.—JTS, a Baton Rouge-based developer, has unveiled plans for Rouzan Village, the commercial and retail center of Rouzan, a 120-acre master plan community in the Southdowns neighborhood of Baton Rouge. Rouzan is just east of the city’s downtown and not far from the LSU campus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and the city’s medical corridor.
The first phase of the new property, designed by KTGY, will be located near the intersection of Perkins Rd. and Glasgow Ave. and will feature about 80,000 square feet of retail anchored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, along with as many as 220 residential rental units, including live/work studios.
The residential units will include one- to three-bedroom apartments and range in size from 700 square feet to 1,400 square feet. The live/work studios will be designed to have potential retail/commercial space on their lower portion, with living space above.
Each of the three buildings will have ground-level retail, with three stories of residential rental units above. Two parking structures and street parking will provide space for about 900 cars to accommodate residents, shoppers, and movie patrons. According to KTGY principal Simon “Sy” Perkowitz, the design of the buildings will be inspired by the Gulf Coast style typically found in New Orleans. New infrastructure is planned as a part of the development and will include such public improvements as a park and public art.
Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s local partner Cojeaux Cinemas will open the 33,000-square-foot theater, the first one in Louisiana. Baton Rouge’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have seven screens and about 850 seats, with food and drink available before, during or after films. The location will also include a bar off the lobby for patrons who aren’t watching a film.
The theater is expected to begin construction next year and open in mid-2016. Village Center’s residential component will break ground in mid-2015 and take about 14 to 18 months to complete.