Three new business locations coming to Downtown Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - People who have been to Downtown Baton Rouge lately know that it is building and growing.

"Oh my gosh, what a comeback story on Third St.," said Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of Downtown Development District.

In January, Matherne's became Downtown's first grocery store in over 50 years.

On Tuesday, leaders held a meeting at the new Holiday Inn on the corner of North Blvd. and St. Ferdinand St. to say even more businesses are coming to Third St.

"Downtown's a lot better than when I first moved here," said Gary Atchison of Baton Rouge.

"No other street could have such the diversity as a pharmacy, a supermarket, hotels, restaurants, bars and live music," said Rhorer.

Rhorer said an Iberia Bank, a Royal Nails Salon and a Kean's Dry Cleaners will be added to that list.

Also happening downtown, DDD said it has also received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to set up a new parish-wide bike share program.

"The time has come now for Baton Rouge to look at bike sharing and we've done a lot of improvements. We're building greenways. We're building bike paths," said Rhorer.

Leaders are looking for any input about the program. They say they'll host public meetings toward the end of the month.

"We have a lot of new visitors coming into downtown staying at hotels so it affords a lot of the opportunities. We certainly want to connect it to the other attractions in the city, in the parish," said Rhorer.

A public workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 28 at the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum to explain everything about the program.

Tuesday was the grand opening of the Holiday Inn Express where Rhorer spoke. The hotel held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. It's 89 rooms help city leaders get a little closer to their goal of 1,000 hotel rooms downtown.

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