Westmoreland Shopping Center ready and waiting for a transformation

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Westmoreland Shopping Center, once part of a thriving Mid-City is set to be transformed sooner than later, according to officials connected to the project.

A trust within the adjacent Catholic High School owns the property. Recently, they put out a request to hear what developers could build on the site.

Catholic High President Gene Tullier says he would like to see something built that would cater to the neighborhood and the thousands of young people who go to the nearby high schools.

"Maybe some residential, certainly some office, some commercial, something that has a youthful appeal, that appeals to the neighborhood and serves the entire neighborhood," he said. "It was not just an eyesore, it was a danger to the community."

Tullier says the school will use the back portion of the land, but the remaining portion which fronts to Government Street will be developed according to their master plan.

The Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance has had its sights set on the property for decades as an anchor for Mid-City.

Samuel Sanders, the director of the Mid-City Alliance says everyone is ready to see the transformation.

It's very important, I mean, I can't go anywhere and not talk about the Westmoreland shopping center," he said. "Everybody is excited that something is actually being planned and will be done and the residents here are just excited about something coming here and add to their quality of life."

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