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Catholic High moves forward with plans for Mid-City shopping center

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Catholic High School is getting ready to move ahead with the plans to redevelop a shopping center on Government, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report. The school acquired the former Westmoreland Village Shopping Center in late 2010.

The school formed the company Westmoreland Properties to acquire and redevelop the 9.2 acre site. The company hopes to find a partner to help come up with plans for the redevelopment that are multipurpose and could potentially include residential, retail and office spaces, food service places such as a restaurant or cafe, courtyard and landscaping.

The hope is to find create an area with a "youthful appeal" that will attract students nearby at Catholic, St. Joseph’s Academy and Baton Rouge Magnet High School. The plans must also fit in with other developments in Mid-City and along Government Street.

"We think this could serve as a catalyst for further improvements in the Mid City area and will build on the momentum of other Government Street projects," CHS President Gene Tullier told the Business Report.

Westmoreland Properties envisions a partnership where the company puts up the land, retaining full ownership of the property, and the developer comes up with the financing to fund the project that would cover half of the property. 

Letters of interest should be submitted to Westmoreland Properties by August 31. 

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