New condos planned for Tessier Building site
A set of 16 condos is planned for the space just behind the historic Tessier Building on Lafayette Street, architect Dyke Nelson announced this morning at the Downtown Development District's regular monthly meeting. Buquet and LeBlanc will be the general contractor on the project, which is slated for a groundbreaking in June or July. Three apartments in the recently renovated building, said to be the oldest commercial building in Baton Rouge, already have secured tenants, Nelson says. Other items of note discussed at this morning's DDD meeting include:
• The owners of The Office plan to open Restaurant IPO in the space below the bar at 421 Third St. Scott Varnedoe, Stroubes' executive chef, is a consultant on the menu, which will feature international food with a Southern twist.
• Brian Marshall, CEO of the Capital Area Transit System, thanked DDD meeting attendees for their support of the recently passed transit tax, but cautioned them that the system still faces a deficit in 2012, which he says will be a "status quo year." The system will begin buying a variety of new vehicles when it has access to the new funding in 2013, preparing for a "real rollout" in 2014, Marshall says. —David Jacobs
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