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Future plans for EBR unveiled

4 years ago February 16, 2011 Feb 16, 2011 Wednesday, February 16 2011 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 5:06:44 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - As East Baton Rouge becomes the largest parish in the state, Mayor Kip Holden is optimistic that the new parish-wide "vision" of the future will become a reality if the public gets behind it.

The plan identifies six key areas where growth and development will enhance the look and feel of the parish. The FuturEBR team feels Mid City, downtown, LSU (including Old South Baton Rouge, Nicholson and NorthGate), Southern University, the medical district near Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Broadmoor Shopping Center/Cortana are areas where key neighborhoods can easily grow.

Within each area, specific ideas were presented.

-Running along Nicholson Drive, the vision calls for a trolley between LSU and downtown. They say the trolley could expand toward the Mall of Louisiana in the future.

-In Mid City, a central hub for a long-sought-after high-speed rail between Baton Rouge and New Orleans could be built.

News 2's Michael Shingleton gets answers on who's potentially fronting the bill.

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