Big plans, changes underway for Mid City

The new look of Mid-City

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Mid City neighborhood of Baton Rouge is booming.

Anthony's Deli opened its doors Thursday and stayed packed well into the lunch hour.

The long-time Baton Rouge eatery first opened 36 years ago and just relocated to Mid City.

"I grew up here my whole life,” part owner Marco Saia said. “I actually went to school not far from here. I fell in love with Mid City- I'm a big fan."

A little ways down Government Street bulldozers and heavy construction equipment toil on land that used to have a Shell gas station on it.

Developers plan to building a $3 million facility there complete with a new gas station and full service convenience store. That investment is just up the street from another development in the works.

Square 46 is a mixed-use development that will feature trendy living and restaurants according to a website promoting the plan.

"I've been talking about the buzz and now it's more than just the buzz. We see investments," Samuel Sanders, director of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, said.

Tiger Deauxnuts, a gourmet doughnut shop will open next week also along Government Street. The owner is waiting on a few last permits.

"It's just a growing part of Baton Rouge with the traffic and how Government Street is being redone and with all the businesses coming in," owner Jeff Herman said.

"We used to have to convince people and now they are actually coming to us," Sanders said.

An architectural firm will anchor a new development across from the Chase bank on Government and will be supported by stores geared toward a health conscious market.

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