Posted: May 1, 2014 6:52 PM by Jessica Leblanc, Russell Jones
Updated: May 1, 2014 6:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - A pair of vacant buildings in Baton Rouge's Spanish Town will finally be brought back to life after years of being eyesores.
The apartments in the 600 block of Spanish Town Road were damaged by fire in 2009, but were recently purchased to be renovated.
Benjamin Stalter is one of three partners who purchased the historic property last year. He said one building will have to be torn down, but he can preserve the other one.
"Neighborhoods that have historical properties seem to have a charm or presence that people are drawn to," Stalter told News 2. "So getting in Spanish Town, doing a rehab on a project like this is just something we felt compelled to do."
Stalter said he and his partners plan to turn the properties into multi-family apartments and rent them out. Neighbors said they were excited to see the improvements.
"It's going to be beautiful. It is... was... an eyesore and I'm very, very happy and proud to be living down here knowing that all this new construction's going to be done to enhance it.," said resident Bonnie Chambers.
Construction on the project may begin in as little as two months, according to Stalter.