Proposed PUD in southeast B.R. requires rezoning
Developer Kevin Nguyen will go before the Planning Commission later this month to ask for the rezoning of roughly 90 acres of land bordered by Hoo Shoo Too and Womack roads in southeast Baton Rouge, just east of South Tiger Bend Road, on which he plans to build an upscale, gated community called Mallard Park. Nguyen is asking for the zoning of the land to be changed from agriculture/rural to Planned Unit Development, better known as PUD. The Planning Commission will take up the issue at its 5 p.m. meeting on Monday, May 21. The commission will give a recommendation to the Metro Council, which is scheduled to take up the zoning change at its June 20 meeting. Nguyen says he wants to develop 90 homes in Mallard Park, ranging in price from $500,000 to $1 million. "Initially I had planned for 270 lots, but the nearby residents didn't like that, and I respect their opinions, so I went back and met with leaders in the community and we agreed to go with bigger lots and bigger houses," he says. "I want to do a PUD with a lot of green space to make sure the residents around there will have peace of mind." If approved, Nguyen says he expects construction to begin in about a year. —Steve Sanoski
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