EBR Planning Commission OKs luxury apartments near LSU

A new five-story, 247-unit apartment complex that will cater to LSU students could open on West Chimes Street as early as August.

The city-parish Planning Commission gave unanimous final approval to plans for The Standard at Baton Rouge luxury housing development after a brief public hearing Monday night.

Landmark Companies, the Athens, Ga., firm behind The Standard, expects construction to begin in the spring.

Several people who live in the development’s surrounding north-campus area spoke in favor of the development during the public hearing.

“I think it’s going to be a great project for the area,” said David Engle, who owns a business nearby on Nicholson Drive.

But at least one neighbor is concerned about the new development’s impact on the neighborhood, including traffic, drainage and noise from pile driving necessary to build the multilevel building.

“If it doesn’t work out like they say it’s going to work out, then what recourse do we have?” asked Roger Anderson, who lives on Aster Street.

Developers say they want to work with members of the neighborhood to address concerns.

The building’s parking garage already is being built to ventilate car emissions through the top, rather than onto neighbors’ properties.

The apartment complex will feature three interior courtyards, a rooftop pool and other upscale amenities for students.

Landmark, which has student housing properties across the Southeast, is currently building a similar development near the University of Georgia.

“Landmark is excited about this (Baton Rouge) project, especially the location’s proximity to campus,” said Jon Williams, president of Williams & Associates, a firm representing Landmark at the Planning Commission’s meeting Monday.

“We feel like it will be one of our premiere projects across the country.”