Long Farm TND to include nearly $20M apartment complex

    Planning for the traditional neighborhood development at Long Farm continues to move forward, and the same is true for several other announced projects throughout Baton Rouge, as signaled by plan review applications submitted to the Department of Public Works over the past several weeks.

    Atlanta-based development company ECI Group submitted an application for The Columns at Long Farm last month. The complex would be the multifamily component of the development, the land for which sits between Jefferson and Airline highways near Barringer Foreman Road.

    According to the application, the apartment complex will cost $19.6 million to build.

    ECI Group bought 12 acres in April for the 276-unit complex, which would be made up of 13 buildings totaling more than 325,000 square feet. The Planning Commission approved plans for the development in June.

    “The development is going to be a real TND and everything we want is going to be there,” says Russell Mosley, who is developing the land his late grandfather, U.S. Sen. Russell Long, assembled in the 1960s.

    The Antioch Road extension that’s under construction between Jefferson and Airline highways, which cuts through the development, is set to be complete in the first quarter of 2015. Richard Beauchamp, ECI Group’s project manager for The Columns, did not return calls for further details on the complex by this morning’s deadline.

    Among other recently filed applications for local projects is an application for construction of a trampoline park at 11030 Industriplux Blvd., just off Siegen Lane. It will cost $2.7 million and total 26,488 square feet, according to the application.

    Another application for the makeover into a hookah lounge of a closed, 2,800-square-foot car mechanic’s shop at 2932 Highland Road near the LSU campus shows the project will cost $40,000.

    The Planning Commission will consider rezoning for the business next week after deferring the item at its November meeting at the request of the developer. The business originally planned to open in January to coincide with the beginning of the spring semester.

    And Lululemon’s second Baton Rouge location at Acadian Village will cost $500,000 to build its shell only, which will house more than 3,000 square feet of retail space, according to its application. The company’s lease is scheduled to start in July. The building will be at the front of the complex, across the main entry from Galatoire’s Bistro. —Kelly Connelly

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