North Boulevard Town Square receives Good Growth Awards
Recipient of Good Growth Award and the People’s Choice Award
North Boulevard Town Square is nearly complete, and has already won two prestigious awards. At the recent 2012 Baton Rouge Growth Coalition Awards Gala, the Town Square took home a Good Growth Award and the first ever People’s Choice Award. Adding over one acre of green space to Downtown, the North Boulevard Town Square is meant to be the social and cultural heart of Baton Rouge. With improved pedestrian traffic flow, the design allows this space to become an identifiable epicenter for the daily visitor as a central arrival node for the city.
Downtown Baton Rouge is now known for new cultural attractions, restaurants and shops. The leadership of Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden with the support of the Metropolitan Council has brought a progressive philosophy toward downtown redevelopment with the use of public investments in sustainable infrastructure to help improve the quality of life for all residents. This progressive philosophy is best reflected in North Boulevard Town Square, and its role as an economic development tool based on theories of Landscape Urbanism.
Here is what Brian Andrews, Baton Rouge Growth Coalition Awards Master of Ceremonies had to say as he presented Davis Rhorer with the award… “A land developer knows how hard it is to develop raw land with surrounding neighbors and pulling off a successful building rehab is no small feat either. So imagine the collaboration, the time, the fortitude and the patience it takes for an entire community to transform a glorified intersection in the middle of downtown into a recreational space for all to enjoy? That is exactly what took place with the redevelopment of North Boulevard Town Square. The tension between meeting the needs for active and passive recreation space in an urban environment while providing access to all modes of transportation including bus, vehicle, bicycle, wheelchair and pedestrians could be an overwhelming task. Layer on top of that years of planning and collaboration with literally dozens of government agencies; and you have what appears to be Mission Impossible. But Kudos to the hard work and advocacy of the Downtown Development District and the local design and construction team for persevering and for making such a stellar contribution to our community.”
The DDD would like to extend special thanks to everyone involved in the creation of North Boulevard Town Square. This exciting, and now award-winning, project could not have been possible without the support of Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, the Metropolitan Council, Brown+Danos Land Design, Joey Furr Design Studio, Arrighi Construction, ABMB Engineers, DPW, Covalent Logic, WHLC Architects and all others involved.