EBR planning commission approves 51 lots in Jamestown

The city-parish Planning Commission approved a concept plan to put 51 single family lots on eight acres on Perkins Road in Jamestown at Old Perkins just west of Pecue Lane.

The property was originally slated to be home to commercial development, but Alvarez Construction Company has decided to go residential. The change was approved by a 6-0 vote over the objection of one nearby resident who said the homes, which would sell for $260,000-$350,000, will bring down property values.

David Walker, who lives adjacent to the property in an area zoned rural, said the parcel should stay designated for commercial use.

Carlos Alvarez told the commission that residential is where the market wants to go, and he has gotten the approval of nearby neighborhood associations after making some minor concessions.

Jamestown already has 326 single family homes and townhouses built or under way.

Commissioners W.T. Winnfield, Tara Wicker, James Gilmore, Sarah Holliday-James, Steven Perret and John Price voted to approve.

In other business, the owners of the The Rum House received a parking waiver that will let them use about 20 spaces just off their parcel when they open on Perkins Road across from The Baton Rouge Clinic later this year.

The Rum House, a Caribbean-influenced taqueria based in New Orleans, has agreements to use some spaces at Investar Bank and others along the back of the development, owner Kelly Ponder said.

Pace said the goal remains to get the restaurant opened in time for LSU football season, though it still needs permits from the city-parish.

The commission also approved changes to the development code related to parking, one of which would have negated the need for The Rum House to get a waiver.

If approved by the Metro Council, certain shared-use agreements like the waiver need by The Rum House would be allowed. Also the changes will allow single-use restaurants like frozen yogurt parlors, smoothie shops and snoball stands to have fewer parking spaces per 100 square feet than typical restaurants.

All the changes were recommended by an Environmental Protection Agency study conducted 18 months ago.