The original Onyx Building opened in the 1950’s and was the home of Rider’s Jewelry store until the late 1970’s. Today, the completely new Onyx Residences stand five stories tall, and some of the original marble panels have been repurposed on the exterior of the new building. The Onyx Building is part of the Arts Block that was formed as one of the partnerships that brought about Baton Rouge’s successful downtown revitalization. Bounded by North Boulevard and Lafayette, Convention and Third Streets, the Arts Block includes the Shaw Center for the Arts, the LSU Museum of Art, The Manship Theatre complex, restaurants, and One Eleven Lofts. The new five-story building will have 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments built above 5,600 square feet of commercial space. It will be located at the corner of Third and Convention streets. Apartments will range from 600 to 1100 square feet. Rents have not been set. Each unit will have a balcony or terrace overlooking Third Street, Convention Street or the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Parking will be available across the street in the state parking garage.