Roundup: Crawford Home closer to landmark status / LeChien Brewery / Fox ‘First Responders’

    Key designation: The city’s Historic Preservation Commission this morning approved an application by Preserve Louisiana to designate the Crawford Home, an architecturally significant mid-century modern house in Westdale, as a local historic landmark. The designation will make it more difficult, though still possible, for a future owner to try to demolish the house. But the designation must still be approved by the Planning Commission, which will likely hear opposition to the move from the home’s current owner, an investor, who bought the property earlier this year to prevent the 1.5-acre lot on which it sits from being subdivided. The Metro Council also must finalize the designation.   

    Approved: The Livingston Parish City Council last night approved the permits for the area’s first microbrewery LeChien, which stands for ‘The Dog” in French. The business plans to take over the old oil station on Hummell Street in downtown Denham Springs. Owner Brett Dunham, and his father, Ron, had planned to open the brewery earlier this year on Highland Road in Baton Rouge. But, after struggling to find a facility with sewer connections, Dunham said the focus turned to Denham Springs with the goal of opening in early 2020.  

    Tonight: Baton Rouge firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians will be featured on the unscripted show “First Responders Live!”, airing tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox. Each week, the show documents a night in the life of first responders in the city of focus.

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