Big developments are expected to draw thousands of people to live and work in the Nicholson Corridor, an area that East Baton Rouge government wants to make into a model for “dense living,” which aims to reverse suburban sprawl through a carefully planned and efficient use of revived urban spaces. It means bringing new life to long-neglected parts of town. The Water Campus will be a cornerstone in the building of this renewed neighborhood.
Headed by Mike Moreno and Dalis Waugespack, Moreno Properties is developing 40 acres to create a mix of housing, offices and shops in a pattern that will allow carless mobility. Called the River District, this project is within a half-mile of The Water Campus.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
The University is undertaking a $200 million remaking of prime land, stretching from the site of the former baseball stadium to the North Gates on Nicholson Drive. On 100 acres, LSU will build 1,240 beds for students, 89 apartments for faculty and staff, 110,000 square feet of offices and 137,000 square feet for retailers.
A tram is in pre-development to run between downtown and LSU, connecting the entire corridor with alternative transportation. Two tram stops are planned on Nicholson at The Water Campus.
The Campus will be connected to the world with the highest wired speeds, allowing researchers working there to share giant data sets in real time with their counterparts, like their colleagues at Deltares, the Netherlands organization protecting its country from the North Sea. Within the Campus, people will use wireless links while strolling along the river or resting on a park green.