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John Engquist

Approximately three decades immediately after developer Prescott Bailey gave up on his options for Atwater, a proposed  250-acre household enhancement on River Street near the Iberville Parish line, John Engquist is choosing up the items and transferring forward with new ideas for the internet site.

Engquist Growth has submitted plans with the Scheduling Commission, seeking to rezone the house from a planned unit advancement with 825 a lot to a less dense, solitary-household residential enhancement, zoned A7, which will allow for for 776 50- and 55-foot heaps.

Technically, the challenge is considered very low-density, with 2.73 tons for every acre.

“We’ve decreased the range of plenty by 9 per cent, we have enhanced the total of open area by 10 acres and we have enhanced the sizing of the extensive bulk of tons,” suggests Engquist Development lawyer Charles Landry. “It’s a amazing venture in a great location.”

The assets, owned for several years by a area investor team, is 1 of the biggest undeveloped tracts in the quickly-rising southeast corner of the parish. In contrast to significantly land in that spot, Atwater is not in a superior-risk flood zone, in accordance to the most current FEMA flood maps, dating from 2012.

That’s major, as the Metro Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban new progress in substantial-hazard flood regions for at the very least just one calendar year, except a developer adheres to stricter constructing codes created to mitigate flooding and retain more stormwater on-web-site.

Still, any large, dense growth in Baton Rouge that turns grass and forest into concrete and rooftops is producing all those downriver in Ascension and Iberville parishes nervous these times. Because the Might 17 flood, leaders of the a few parishes have alternately argued in courtroom above flood mitigation steps and sought regional cooperation on them

The Atwater house, which backs up to Nicholson Drive across from Lexington Estates and College Club, will not be available from Nicholson, only from River Highway.

The internet site is bounded by River Street to the west, an undeveloped tract to the north, Nicholson to the east and Bayou Manchac, which is the Iberville Parish line, to the south.

“There is undeveloped property to our north, no just one on the east, and we have no obtain to Nicholson,” Landry states. “This enhancement will not have an impact on any one.”

Engquist Improvement is proving to be a person of the most prolific household builders in the sector. Among the its other developments in Baton Rouge are Americana, Rouzan and Materra.

Engquist has a order settlement on the property for an undisclosed value. The sale is contingent on rezoning approval.

The Preparing Commission will take up the rezoning request in September.