Dantin Bruce Development looking to rezone land inside Health District for commercial buildings

Dantin Bruce Development has about 14 acres of land under contract in the Baton Rouge Health District, and is trying to rezone the property from residential to commercial so businesses can join the fledgling district.

Developer Brian Dantin says the firm spotted some vacant property in the district that fronts Interstate 10, behind Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Bluebonnet campus, and thought it would be a good investment for some build-to-suit buildings.

“We kind of just saw an opportunity,” Dantin says.

The company has filed rezoning applications with the East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission to rezone a 7.87-acre tract between I-10 and Summa Avenue from A1 residential to HC1 heavy commercial, as well as a 6.75-acre tract behind the hospital, between Summa and Picardy avenues, from A1 residential to LC1 light commercial.

One major draw for the property is that it sits alongside the proposed Midway Road that is to be constructed to run parallel to Essen Lane and across Summa and Picardy, Dantin says.

The heavy commercial zoning would allow the firm to build a higher density, multi-story building right next to the Our Lady of the Lake’s Children’s Hospital that broke ground earlier this year—with good visibility from I-10, Dantin says.

The company has not finalized a master plan for the property, but Dantin says he hopes to have those plans finished soon.

Meanwhile, across town at Government Street and Jefferson Highway, property owner Bruce Barclay has filed an application to build 34 townhomes on a 1.4-acre vacant piece of property.

Engineer David Hebert says the townhomes would be in a mix of sizes, adding they are waiting for the property to be rezoned from A2 single-family residential to A2.5 town house before submitting construction plans with the city-parish. Total construction time could take 20 years, Hebert says. The townhomes would be for sale, not leased.

Those applications, and others submitted by Thursday’s deadline, will be heard at the Planning Commission’s May 16 meeting, unless they are deferred.

Other applications submitted include:

  • A move to change Zoe’s Kitchen at 18107 Highland Road from C2 light commercial to C-AB-1 restaurant commercial alcoholic beverage.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church wants to change the zoning on 24 acres on South Harrell’s Ferry Road from a planned unit development to A2.9 two-family residential district to build a new church, daycare, classrooms and meeting halls.
  • Franklin-based Coastal Phoenix Investments wants to change the zoning of a 47-acre tract on 72nd Avenue from a planned unit development to LC3 light commercial for the construction of a multifamily housing development.
  • Vishal Vasanji is trying to a turn the vacant property at 4460 Perkins Road into a 3,500-square-foot urgent care clinic.
  • A 15-lot gated subdivision called Heritage Park is in the works at the corner of North Lirrochi Drive and O’Neal Lane. Construction would take about nine months.
  • Mo Vij, president and CEO of General Informatics, submitted a site plan for his @Highland development at the corner of Highland Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard for a three-story office building, right next to the Bluebonnet Swamp, with 173 total parking spots.

—Ryan Broussard

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