Planners picked to predevelop Government Street site

Duany Plater-Zyberk was selected Monday morning to create a plan to map out the redevelopment of a 100-acre section of midcity surrounding the former Entergy site on Government Street.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority chose DPZ after hearing presentations from its team and the other finalist, Architects Southwest of Lafayette.

DPZ is led by Andres Duany, the urban planner who led development of the master plan for downtown Baton Rouge. The team also includes Chenevert Architects of Baton Rouge; Stantec, an engineering firm with Baton Rouge offices; local developers Danny McGlynn and Donnie Jarreau; the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago think tank that promotes sustainable development in cities; and MindMixer, an Omaha, Nebraska, company that helps organizations connect with local communities.

The RDA said the predevelopment plan, which is being paid for with a $284,000 grant from the State Office of Community Development, will give potential developers of the site a road map for what the RDA wants to see in the area. The area is roughly bordered by the south side of Government Street, North Boulevard, 22nd Street and Interstate 110. The main predevelopment plan is budgeted at $190,000; all of the plans submitted came in at or below budget.

The work on the plan is expected to begin Sept. 1 and be completed by March.