Engquist planning to establish Atwater, contingent on rezoning

John Engquist

Approximately 3 a long time soon after developer Prescott Bailey gave up on his plans for Atwater, a proposed  250-acre household improvement on River Street in the vicinity of the Iberville Parish line, John Engquist is buying up the parts and relocating forward with new ideas for the web page.

Engquist Advancement has filed options with the Planning Fee, searching for to rezone the home from a planned unit enhancement with 825 loads to a considerably less dense, solitary-spouse and children residential growth, zoned A7, which will enable for 776 50- and 55-foot heaps.

Technically, the undertaking is thought of minimal-density, with 2.73 loads for every acre.

“We’ve reduced the number of tons by nine percent, we’ve amplified the sum of open up room by 10 acres and we have increased the size of the vast vast majority of tons,” suggests Engquist Progress lawyer Charles Landry. “It’s a wonderful task in a good spot.”

The assets, owned for several years by a neighborhood trader group, is a person of the premier undeveloped tracts in the quick-increasing southeast corner of the parish. Unlike much land in that region, Atwater is not in a significant-hazard flood zone, in accordance to the most recent FEMA flood maps, courting from 2012.

Which is considerable, as the Metro Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban new improvement in significant-chance flood locations for at the very least one 12 months, except a developer adheres to stricter constructing codes made to mitigate flooding and retain far more stormwater on-web-site.

However, any huge, dense development in Baton Rouge that turns grass and forest into concrete and rooftops is building people downriver in Ascension and Iberville parishes anxious these times. Given that the May possibly 17 flood, leaders of the 3 parishes have alternately argued in court docket above flood mitigation measures and sought regional cooperation on them

The Atwater house, which backs up to Nicholson Travel across from Lexington Estates and College Club, will not be obtainable from Nicholson, only from River Street.

The website is bounded by River Highway 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 a single on the east, and we have no access to Nicholson,” Landry suggests. “This progress will not have an impact on any one.”

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

Engquist has a buy arrangement on the residence for an undisclosed selling price. The sale is contingent on rezoning approval.

The Preparing Commission will acquire up the rezoning ask for in September.