Officials break ground on phase 3 of Central Green Project

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Downtown Baton Rouge is ditching the cityscape scenery for a more "green" look.

Leaders broke ground Wednesday on the third phase of the Central Green Project - city hall plaza. The goal is to use green spaces to reconnect the Capital City with the Mississippi River.

Those who visit the downtown area will notice a large green lawn and shady oak trees. It's a plan that will make the whole downtown experience more enjoyable for everyone, including those with disabilities.

"This whole master plan was citizen driven, so what we are seeing here today is part of the manifestation of what the citizens in our community wanted to see," said Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.

The $4.9 million project is being funded through state sales tax rebates dedicated to riverfront improvements and will also include upgrades and a green space addition to a nearby parking garage.

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