GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – The city of Gonzales will only get bigger with a new cultural district.

Heritage Crossing is expected to be the focal point for Ascension Parish and will be located along Highway 30 and Highway 44. The 103-acre site will have shopping, dining and “a little taste of everything,” according to Double D of Louisiana Development Co. President Clay Stafford.

Groundwork began in 2017. As of June 2, parts of Heritage Crossing that have been built include Bronier Luxury Spa and Suites, Chicken Salad Chick, Hot Worx, Pho Viet Noodle House, European Wax Center, Jersey Mike’s and a Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

The Waters at Heritage apartments also were recently finished. Crumble Cookies is the next retail store set to open.

“Sit-down restaurants are getting ready to come off the ground like Agave Blue Tequila and Taco Bar and then Sonny’s BBQ,” Stafford said. “Alexander’s Grocers should be finished in November.”

See what the future development will look like here.

“It’s a mixed-use kind of lifestyle center. All-inclusive, where you can live and work and play and get your shopping in restaurants, grocery stores, and salons,” Stafford said. ” I mean, we want to have a little taste of everything. So that when someone gets home and even from work they really don’t have to get back in their car again. They can have access to all of these services and walkable neighborhoods.”

Double D of Louisiana Development Co. installed more than $10,000,000 in road and infrastructure improvements for the traffic flow in the area, starting with the new St. Francis Parkway. The connector road will run west from South Burnside through Heritage Crossing to South Darla Avenue.