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Nearly seven years after Pekins Rowe's first tenants moved into the mixed-use development, the rooftop pool atop the condominium tower will finally open. Earlier this month, a new aluminum pool was lifted by crane to the fourth-floor pool deck and installed inside the original pool, which never opened because of a leak. Construction is currently being completed on the pool area, which is only available for use to condo owners, and the pool is scheduled to open the first week of September, says Donna Taylor, a spokeswoman with property management firm Stirling Properties. Completion of the rooftop pool—one of many issues that has plagued Perkins Rowe over the years—is one of several positive steps Stirling has taken to bring Perkins Rowe to the next level. The Covington-based firm was hired to manage the development early this year, after a new investor group bought the property. Stirling has also increased average occupancy in the 111 apartment units from 89% to 95%, Taylor says, and has begun construction on nearly 100 new units in the rear of the property. It plans to complete them and have them available for lease by the end of the year. On the retail side, the firm recently leased a 1,500-square-foot space to a new tenant—trendy boutique Impeccable Pig—and is working to diversify Perkins Rowe's overall tenant mix. "We don't want it to be the mall, where you can go and buy whatever everybody else has. We want to be unique, so we are being cautious," says Taylor. "But we are working on diversification. We'd love to have a children's store, a shoe store, men's store, and lingerie." —Stephanie Riegel
One of the hot-button issues at a recent forum of the eight Republican candidates running for the Sixth Congressional District seat was the perceived executive overreach of President Barack Obama.
Leaders of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have proposed a compromise that could help bridge the growing divide between BESE and Gov. Bobby Jindal over Common Core educational standards and associated tests. BESE President Chas Roemer, Vice President Jim Garvey and Secretary-Treasurer Holly Boffy outlined their proposal in a four-page letter to Jindal earlier today. It calls for using a hybrid test during the upcoming school year that combines science and social studies questions from the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP test, as well as English and math questions from the tests used in the Common Core program. While the proposal may not satisfy the governor's stated goal of getting Louisiana out of the Common Core program, Roemer says his plan would allow educators to begin preparing for the upcoming school year, which starts in less than four weeks. He believes it will also satisfy the technical arguments the Jindal administration has tried to use to prevent the Department of Education from procuring the standardized testing materials. The administration has said the department of education did not follow state procurement guidelines in procuring testing materials from a subcontractor. Under this plan, no additional material would be needed to develop the hybrid test. "We are meeting the technical objections [the governor] has outlined, and in a great way we're meeting the spirit of his objection," Roemer says. "We are going to start with a plan that meets the technical objections outlined by the governor that meets the laws of this state." Whether the Jindal administration will accept the proposal is unclear. —Stephanie Riegel
The eight Republican candidates running for the 6th Congressional District seat tried to prove their conservative credentials to a receptive audience today at a forum sponsored by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish. "I am a Christian, I'm pro-life, pro-family, I love this state and I love south Louisiana," said Garret Graves, who most recently headed the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Said 28-year-old businessman Paul Dietzel II a short time later, "I'm pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun and pro-6th district." The crowd of 100 or so found much to applaud in the candidates' answers, which differed in style but not much in substance. All advocate repealing some or all of the Affordable Care Act, which retired Navy Captain and tea party activist Bob Bell called an "idiotic law." All favor holding tough on immigration laws, building a bigger wall along the Texas border, and "putting every illegal immigrant who comes to Louisiana on a bus, dropping them off at the White House and letting the president deal with it," as business owner Cassie Felder suggested. Candidates also agreed that President Obama has exceeded his executive authority on numerous issues, though most danced around a question about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal has exceeded his executive authority in trying to dismantle Common Core educational standards. State Sen. Dan Claitor said he doesn't think Jindal has overstepped his authority, noting that "in Louisiana the governor is the most powerful person there is," while state Rep. Lenar Whitney said she supports Jindal's actions and would like to "abolish the federal Department of Education." —Stephanie Riegel
The Manship Theatre was more than three-fourths full for the June 30 presentations of the four design teams vying to do the master plan for the rehabilitation of the Baton Rouge Lakes.