Downtown East
www.225batonrouge.com Roughly the size of downtown proper, this neighborhood appears on the verge of revitalization A swath of Mid City—or is it a swath of downtown?—is slowly developing an identity of its own thanks to several upcoming developments and neighborhood projects. The latest is an announcement in late January that vintage furniture shop Artvark purchased the...
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<div><b>The Elysian</b></div><div>The massive mixed-income apartment complex has 100 units. Developers are already planning a second phase that will double the amount of housing available. Across the street, BREC is planning to make improvements to the Spanish Town Park.</div>
<div><b>Deville Apartments</b></div><div>A great example of midcentury modern architecture, the complex is in the midst of a massive renovation with units targeting young professionals.</div>
<div><b>Main Street beautification</b></div><div>On Martin Luther King Day, the Walls Project, the Mayor’s Office and thousands of volunteers helped paint colorful murals on several buildings on this stretch of Main Street.</div>
<div><b>Arkel Constructors</b></div><div>The company is renovating the full block that houses its headquarters—rehabbing one of the older structures and sharing space with a new tenant, the state’s Division of Administrative Law.</div>
<div><b>Prince Hall Masonic Temple</b></div><div>Standing tall beside the North Boulevard overpass is one of the most historic buildings in town. Its upstairs dancehall was a major stop for legendary African-American musicians in its heyday. The space still hosts events for the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and others.</div>
<div><b>DNA Workshop</b></div><div>Dyke Nelson Architecture began renovating a warehouse on 14th Street in 2012 that’s now the site of its cool design firm space.</div>
<div><b>Former Entergy site</b></div><div>The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority plans a mixed-use project for the old brick building and its surrounding structures. It’s also eyed as the site of a train station if ever passenger rail comes to fruition between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.</div>
<div><b>Circa 1857</b></div><div>This important part of the Mid City arts district features several boutiques. The newest addition is The Guru, an events space that also hosts performances and open mic nights.</div>
<div><b>Northside Motor Exchange</b></div><div>Artvark will sell vintage furniture, décor and art in a showroom, with plans to use the warehouse for shared space for artists and creatives.</div>
<div><b>The Corona</b></div><div>The former site of an Olinde’s furniture store now looks modern and minimalist with 37 apartment units.</div>
<div><b>Laurel Street Firehouse</b></div><div>The Mid City Studio, a design partnership based in the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance next door, hosts a free coffee and conversation/networking event at the firehouse porch the last Friday of every month.</div>

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