380-unit senior living facility, apartments planned for north Baton Rouge

    A Tennessee developer is planning to build a $44 million, 380-unit senior living center and multifamily apartment complex called Howell Village on Howell Boulevard, with construction beginning in March or April.

    Gary Gibbs says he bought the land at Howell Boulevard and 72nd Avenue in north Baton Rouge, near the airport, several years ago for $6 million. Once he obtains a permit, his company, Nashville-based CPI Construction, will begin work on the project.

    Gibbs says he plans to build several buildings, including cottages for seniors and apartments, and have the project done roughly 22 months after construction begins. Many of the rooms will be available before the entire project is finished.

    Rooms will range from one to four bedrooms, and while Gibbs has not finalized the rates, rooms will be “very affordable,” he adds.

    “Howell Place was always about bringing the services to the people,” says Richard Preis, developer of the 200-acre Howell Place on Howell Boulevard. “Senior living has always been in dire need in the northern part of the parish.”

    —Sam Karlin

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