Planning commission approves plans to rezone Hotel Lincoln

Updated: Mar. 2, 2019 at 2:16 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The planning commission unanimously approved a request to renovate the former Hotel Lincoln during its April 16th meeting. The application will be forwarded to the Metro Council for a vote on May 15.

Developer Stephen Solomon Carter, who purchased the abandoned building for $400,000 in 2017, applied for the rezoning application. The renovation of the historic hotel includes converting the building into 12 one-bedroom apartments. In addition, Carter would convert the ground floor into commercial space for restaurant, retail and residential uses.

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No expansions are currently planned for the building. Investors are showing interest in several properties after the Eddie Robinson Sr. neighborhood became a historic place in January. The status makes the area eligible for incentives and tax breaks that would local investments.

The neighborhood will soon have Electric Depot, a $16 million entertainment and residential complex, that’s set to open this spring. It’ another project aimed at revitalizing the historic neighborhood known for its blighted properties.

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