Shopping center planned for Dyson House property following $1.5M sale

John Burns in the former Dyson House Listening Room in September 2018.

The Dyson House Listening Room property has been sold for $1.5 million and the new owner Kristopher Klar plans to develop a new shopping center in its place. 

Klar, who owns Stone and Cloth nearby on Lobdell Avenue, says he bought the roughly 1-acre property with plans to tear down the Dyson House and build a new mixed-use retail shopping center in its place. While the project is still in the planning stages, Klar estimates the new center will be roughly 15,000 square feet and be completed by the end of next year. Stone and Cloth will anchor the new shopping center.

“We’ve got a good established business (in this area),” Klar says. “We love the area.”

With the property located across the street from the Towne Center, Klar says he knows the area is flush with retailers and he’s asked the project architects, Baton Rouge-based Onsite Design, to “think outside the box” with the center to make sure it stands out.

The sale of the property doesn’t mark the end of the Dyson House Listening Room though, says John Burns, founder and owner of the nonprofit music venue. Burns intends to find a new location for the venue, which will continue operating at its current location on Jefferson Highway through the end of January, possibly longer.

He hasn’t begun looking for a new location, but Burns says he’s open to suggestions and would love to stay in the Bocage area to “keep shaking things up there.”

“I love bringing music to the Baton Rouge community,” Burns says.

Stephen Keith Edenfield and Marshall Kyle Edenfield are listed with Klar as officers for Bocage Centre LLC, the company used to buy the property from 7575 Christian Street LLC, whose officer isBurns. Mark Hebert, of Kurz & Hebert Commercial Real Estate, represented both parties in the deal.  

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