Metro Council to consider new North Gate bar, 72-acre subdivision

    The Metro Council later this week will consider approving plans for a potential new bar to open in the former Chimes Textbook Exchange at LSU’s North Gate.

    Mandeville developer Clark Heebe tells Daily Report that a regional bar concept has expressed interest in the property but the deal is “100 percent contingent on the rezoning.” The Metro Council had previously approved the rezoning of the property to restaurant and bar use in the summer of 2017. But because the interested tenant would operate only as a bar, another rezoning is necessary. 

    Heebe bought the property in 2016 and the next year demolished a small frontage building to make room for a patio. 

    The council is also expected to consider the rezoning of a nearly 5-acre property on Baringers Court, near Airline Highway, which the owner hopes to transform into a baseball and softball training facility. Although it is located within a flood zone, Planning Department staff recommends approval. 

    Other items up for consideration:

    • Foster Creek, a 72-acre subdivision proposed near Zachary. Located north of Port Hudson-Plains Road and east of Samuels Road, the development’s lots would be a quarter-acre. There are two requests related to this project: to amend the Comprehensive Land Plan from agricultural/rural use to residential neighborhood as well as approval as a subdivision.

    Valencia Park, a planned Spanish Town apartment complex for families and veterans. To be developed by the Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Volunteers for America Southeast Louisiana, the project was deferred for Planning Commission consideration several times in the past year due to parking issues but was unanimously approved last month. 

    The Metro Council will consider the requests at its zoning meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday. See the full agenda.

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