New acres of land spell new beginnings for Baker

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BAKER, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- There isn’t much to do in baker. It’s got two locally-owned restaurants within the city limits and a few church-related activities. But other than that Charles Neighbor says the real fun is in baton rouge.

“The restaurants. That’s what’s really lacking here in baker,” Neighbor said.

The 2016 flood hit the eastern side of Baker hard. Some people weren’t able to rebuild or bring in new business. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Baker Mayor Darnell Waites says it starts with plank road.

“We have been looking for a place for our transit center,” Waites said.

Baker’s mayor, Darnell Waites and his staff have been looking for a place to build up a business, entertainment, and food. This week they settled on a plot of land near plank and Lavey Lane.

“Plank road is our future cultural area that we’re building. The goal is to be able to develop and build hotels there,” Waites said.

This part of the plan will come later.

For now, the $165,00 plot of land will be used in tandem with capital area transit, capital region development, and east baton rouge parish. Cats will build a new bus terminal that’ll carry passengers to and from south baton rouge, while baker builds offices, restaurants, and a park and ride lot around the transit system.

” We came out of the flood dreaming, putting stuff on paper, where do we want to go what is the city going to look like in the next five to 10 years,” Waites said. “And this is the first thing we came, this is going to be the first project.”

The mayor says money to build around the transit system will come from a federal grant, separate from CATS and EBR parish. Waites says construction should begin within the year.

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