BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Making downtown Baton Rouge a place where people want to live is a difficult process, but things are coming together to help make it happen.
Nine major projects are underway right now. They included apartments, restaurants and retail stores.
The head of the Downtown Development District said the floodgates opened a few years back with some of the new projects, like Town Square. He added even more big things are planned.
Red Stick Revelry, the brand new event that will be the Capital City's special way to ring in the New Year, is just one of dozens of projects and events new to the downtown area.
In the past, the streets of downtown Baton Rouge may have been empty after 5 p.m., but Downtown Development Director Davis Rhorer said long-gone are those days.
Rohrer said if people have not yet seen all the progress in the area, it's time for them to check it out.
Chris Wadsworth is in the beginning stages of launching a non-profit called Triumph Kitchen, which introduces inner-city youth that will be housed in the heart of downtown on Third Street.
Not only is it great to have a location that's easy for his students to access, Wadsworth said being in the middle of all this growth will benefit his group and the new businesses around them.
Wadsworth added they hope to start classes with their first group of students in January.