BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Traffic concerns have residents living along Jefferson Highway pushing back against plans for a new apartment complex. Like many areas in Baton Rogue, rush hour along Jefferson Highway, near Corporate Blvd., can be overwhelming. Various businesses, apartments and houses mean 37,000 cars travel along the busy highway every day. That number could soon increase.
A new apartment complex with more than 100 units, called Tapestry Park, is planned for the four acres behind Panera Bread. The $17 million project comes from a developer out of Birmingham, Alabama.
Current zoning of the property allows the developer to build a 105 unit building without opposition. However, the company has requested that the Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission change the zoning so they can expand the complex to 124 units. While the developer has met with residents that surround the property, many worry that the larger, four-story project will create privacy issues, drainage problems, and more traffic.
Residents voiced their concerns to the Commission during a meeting Tuesday night.
The company's Vice President of Development David Ellis promised to work with residents to address their concerns. It was also pointed out that DOTD is conducting a traffic study on Jefferson Highway that should be completed next year.
The Commission will take up the issue again in 30 days. Ellis also says that even if the zoning changes are not approved, they plan to go ahead with the smaller apartment plan.