A cloudless sky greeted our team on April 27th, the date of our annual FIXUP Mid City 2019. We were out there by 5am unloading plants, setting up coffee and donuts, and prepping Acadian Blvd to be closed for a corridor revitalization project involving upwards of 65 volunteers and six different projects.
Mid City Merchants is all about community, and what better way to practice what we preach than by meeting monthly with our members. On the first Thursday of each month, we gather for a social event in order for members to better know each other, network, and learn more about the activities the board of directors are working on.
Justin Lemoine is a 2006 graduate of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at LSU. After a brief residence in Austin, Tx, Justin and his wife Lauren returned to Baton Rouge where he ultimately founded ELS Landscape Architecture Studio. As a landscape architect and business owner, he works on a wide variety of projects from residential landscapes, to public parks and public spaces, to commercial facility landscapes. In his free time, though, he does much, much more to ensure the continued growth of Mid City.
The buzz has already started about the next venture from four members of the Hayride Scandal team, Remi DeMatteo, Robyn Andermann, and brothers Lance and Scott Paddock. They are already credited with successfully opening up the swanky cocktail bar, Hayride Scandal, in Baton Rouge, but they are not stopping there. They're looking forward to their next concept: a unique opportunity in Mid City.
A prime piece of Mid City Real estate will hit the market when the Capital Area Human Services District vacates its offices on Government Street across from White Star Market. The building, designed by renowned architect A. Hays Town, could see new life in its present form, or could be razed to make way for something completely different. Mid City real estate watchers will be keeping a close watch on what could become the most sought after piece of land on booming Government Street
Congratulations on being elected to serve as Mid City Redevelopment Alliance's next Board Chair! What made you interested in serving on the board of MCRA?
I was a resident of Mid City for two years prior to becoming a member and wanted to be a part of the positive change that was occurring in the community.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome joined dozens of volunteers during her annual "Operation Fresh Start" on February 16th. The project was a concentrated effort to reduce blight across our community through volunteer and City Parish efforts. Mid City volunteers picked up trash and went door to door, sharing information about Mid City programs, including the Mayor's "Blight Boot Camp" which will be held on June 1.
Bistro Byronz has a rich history as a local favorite of Baton Rouge. The concept originated in the ‘80s with a family owned sandwich shop. It has been open for 13 years in Mid City.
Michael Polite is a boutique grower with a focus in specialty and culinary herbs who operates Sky Bright Herbs, a zero-waste nursery stock grower. Priority is placed on sustainable business practices in order to minimize any adverse impact on the environment.
With Baton Rouge seeing an increase in local musicians promoting original works, Mid City has seen an upswing in where to go to pass a good time. Venues like Mid City Ballroom, The Guru, Pop Shop Records, Curbside, and White Star Market are hosting events ranging from solo and duo performances by singer/songwriters, as well as a number of larger, local bands, in an effort to give them a space to be heard. Many shows are all age shows, which means that families are able to share in the beauty that is music.
The mission of Mid City Redevelopment Alliance is to develop and promote the growth and renewal of Mid City Baton Rouge by attracting new and retaining current residents and businesses.