13th Gate owner buys land in Central

The owner of the 13th Gate purchased nearly 75 acres of land south of Central for $550,000 Friday and plans to open a haunted house and Halloween attraction there in the next few years.

Dwayne Sanburn, of Midnight Productions, closed on the land Friday morning, said Wade Greene IV, a commercial sales and leasing executive with Maestri-Murrell real estate. Greene represented Sanburn and the sellers, LASBC Inc. The property is southeast of where Joor Road meets Mickens Road.

The land is in a rural area, but Greene said it is easily accessible to people living in Baton Rouge, Central and the suburbs.

“This is a really cool spot,” Greene said. “You’re right by Greenwell Springs Road and all the retail there. But it’s out in the country. The infrastructure for everything is already there.”

Last month, the Metro Council approved Sanburn’s request to rezone the land from A-1 residential to a Planned Unit Development.

Sanburn has said the project would be similar to the downtown attraction, with outdoor laser tag, a hayride and a corn maze.

The attraction would be open for one-night events throughout the year, but it will do most of its business during the Halloween season. The project will take about two years to develop, Sanburn has said.

The 13th Gate will remain open downtown, Greene said. The attraction has won multiple national honors as being one of the best haunted houses in the country.

Greene said he started working with Sanburn in February or March on helping him select a location for another 13th Gate.

“We’re all looking forward to watching this project become a reality,” Greene said.