Child care center planned for Rouzan in Baton Rouge

    The owners of Kidz Karousel Childhood Development Center have inked a deal with the developers of Rouzan to develop a nearly 13,000-square-foot childcare center at the Traditional Neighborhood Development in Southdowns.

    The center will be the fifth Kidz Karousel location for Tessa and Derek Holloway, who opened their first childcare center in Port Allen 12 years ago. The facility will be located on the far east side of Rouzan, across Perkins Road from Moss Side Lane, and away from the retail center that will be anchored by a Sprouts Grocery Store and is currently under construction.

    The Holloways have an agreement with Rouzan developers John Engquist and Charles Landry to acquire a one-acre parcel and plan to construct the facility themselves. The estimated cost of the project is $4 million.

    The Holloways believe Rouzan is an ideal location for their childcare center—which has Level III accreditation from the state, the equivalent of a preschool—because there are so many families in the area in need of quality childcare. They plan to model the facility after a Kidz Karousel location they opened just two months ago in Americana in Zachary, another TND under development by Engquist.

    “Zachary and Americana have been wonderful for us,” Tessa Holloway says. “We think being so near Perkins Road in the heart of Southdowns will also be a great market.”

    The new Kidz Karousel will provide full-time child care services and educational programs for as many as 140 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Before school and after care services will also be available for kids aged 6 to 12, as will holiday care and mom’s day out programs.

    The facility will not be limited to Rouzan residents but will be open to families throughout the Southdowns area.

    Plans are currently being finalized for how the one-acre parcel that the Holloways acquire will be configured. Landry says it will be carved out of a larger six-acre tract that is on the Pollard Estates side of Rouzan, east of a now-defunct Montessori School, Elan Vitale.

    Once the site plans are finalized, Landry will present them to Rouzan residents, the Southside Civic Association and the Planning Commission, the later of which must approve any changes to the final development plan.

    He hopes to secure those approvals by the end of the year so construction can begin on the facility early next year. The Holloways hope to have the facility open in time for the 2019 school year.