It’s been a busy few months for Dantin Bruce Developments.
While the company is in the initial stages of its new Offices at City Farm office park on Jefferson Highway along with more than a half-dozen other projects, construction has finished on 333 Flats, the companion high-end condominiums to 333 Lofts on East Boyd Drive between Burbank Drive and Highland Road—and just in time for the fall semester at nearby LSU.
“It’s the best time to finish,” says Brian Dantin, one of the developers on the project near the LSU South Gates that broke ground last summer.
Twenty-four of the 36 units in the three-story development are sold—including two that were pre-sold—leaving several two-bedroom units, two studio condos, one three-bedroom unit and a four-bedroom unit. All the single-bedroom units have been sold, Dantin says.
“It’s been very successful,” Dantin says.
The floor plans in 333 Flats offer more variety than the units in its sister building, which only has two- and three-bedroom choices among its 28 units. The prices range from about $150,000 for the studio condos to $250,000 for the two-bedroom condos to $300,000 for the three-bedroom condo and $397,000 for the lone four-bedroom condo in the building.
Dantin says the gated condominiums are well protected, with a security card needed to access the interior corridor, something he says is sure to appease the security-conscious parent. Dantin has said the impetus for the adjacent condominium complexes was the lack of secure student-friendly condos near LSU. The interior corridor, meanwhile, features a fireplace, barbecue pit, mailboxes and private patios.
Commercial and residential real estate giant NAI/Latter & Blum will be moving its Baton Rouge headquarters to Dantin Bruce Development’s new Offices at City Farm office park on Jefferson Highway near Towne Center. It will take about eight to nine months for the build-out on the 18,500-square-foot building that is in the design phase and is scheduled to break ground in November.
NAI/Latter & Blum’s director of commercial sales and leasing in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Karl Landreneau, says the new office park’s location was among the reasons it was attracted to the site.
“We think it’s a centralized location, one of the class A locations in the city, and quite frankly our brokerage company is growing and outgrew our current location,” Landreneau says, adding the new location will be about 50% larger than the company’s current headquarters located at 10455 Jefferson Hwy.
The company has been searching for a new headquarters space for about a year and wanted a new development, not something that required renovations, Landreneau says. The new Jefferson Highway location is a perfect fit, he notes, because of its proximity to interstates 10 and 12, as well as Airline Highway.
NAI/Latter & Blum will occupy about 15,700 square feet in the building, which leaves about 2,800 square feet that will be leased out for retail or office space, says Brian Dantin, who is developing the park with business partner Ross Bruce.
The firm’s new building is one of two in the office park that is under contract, with the other being for Cypress Title, a commercial and residential title company currently located at 17170 Perkins Road, near the Highland Road intersection. Cypress Title’s 5,800-square-foot building should be finished in mid-October, says Dantin.
Johnny McKay, an attorney and one of the owners of Cypress Title, says one of the factors in the decision to move was the fact that there are no other title firms in that area. The owners had been casually looking for a new space for three years after outgrowing the company’s current location, he says.
Dantin says a lease will also be finalized soon with a third company on a 5,000-square-foot space adjacent to the Cypress Title building.
“So far, it has kind of sold itself,” Dantin says of the new development.
Open space in the rear of the development is being leased for about $20 per square foot, while the open space in the NAI/Latter & Blum building is being marketed at about $25 per square foot. Those prices could change depending on the type of company and the build-out, Dantin says.
The design of the buildings by local architecture firm Ritter Maher is what Dantin calls a “modern farmhouse design,” with metal roofs, farmhouse-type light fixtures, barn doors and open space with natural lighting. A planned second phase of the project will feature another three to four buildings totaling about 30,000 square feet. All the locations are build-to-suit.
Dantin Bruce Development has closed on a $4.65 million deal for nearly 90 acres on Burbank Drive—where the Kenilworth Parkway extension could eventually intersect—on which a roughly 250-home subdivision called Hunter’s Trace is planned.
“We have all of the approvals we need, and we’ll be starting dirt work hopefully this week,” says Brian Dantin, who owns Dantin Bruce along with his business partner, Ross Bruce.
Dantin says the area is attractive for a number of reasons, including its proximity to LSU and the planned Kenilworth extension.
“We follow the market very closely, and there are very few new construction homes available in that area in the $200,000 to $225,000 range,” Dantin says. “So, we feel like the market there is very strong and—especially once they extend Kenilworth through there—will be even stronger as it provides for greater access to Essen (Lane) and the hospitals, and it really ties into the center of town.”
Dantin says the exact price range for homes in Hunter’s Trace has not been set, adding they will likely be offered “in the $200,000s.” Likewise, exact square footage of average homes has not been decided yet. He says the subdivision will be similar to Magnolia Lakes, which Dantin Bruce developed about a mile south of where Hunter’s Trace will be located on Burbank.
Another road connecting Highland Road to Burbank, possibly via Kenilworth, is a part of the city-parish Green Light Plan for traffic improvements. Along with Kenilworth, nearby Seyburn Drive is also being considered as a possible location for the extension, according to the Green Light Plan website.
Under Hunter Trace LLC, Dantin Bruce purchased the land for Hunter’s Trace from The Gulf Rouge Limited Partnership, which has a mailing address of Playa Del Rey, California. The selling partnership’s manager is Parkash Kaur Sehdeva, according to sale documents.
See the Planning Commission staff report on the Hunter’s Trace development, which includes a map and proposed layout of the subdivision.
Infrastructure work began earlier this month at the Office at City Farm, Dantin Bruce Development’s planned 60,000-square-foot office park on Jefferson Highway. Less than a quarter of a mile away, a competing 70,000-square-foot office park—6700 Jefferson—is about to get underway as well. Can the market support dueling office parks?Read More
Development duo Brian Dantin and Ross Bruce, whose previous projects have included the Bluebonnet Palms Office Park, Copper Mill Office Park and 333 Lofts and 333 Flats, will start construction on another project at the beginning of the new year called The Offices at Towne Square.Read More
The Capital Region has seen considerable commercial growth over the past year. Several new project starts enabled the construction sector to become a main economic driver, and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s economic outlook predicts a strong surge of growth for the coming years. New retail, business, residential, medical, educational, dining and church plans are included. The following is just a sampling of some of the projects that have been announced, started or completed over the past year.Read More
Dantin Bruce Development will break ground next month on 333 Flats, a residential development on East Boyd Drive, between Burbank Drive and Highland Road, says co-owner Brian Dantin. 333 Flats is the second phase of a larger residential development by Dantin Bruce on East Boyd. It will be located adjacent to 333 Lofts, which opened in August 2012.Read More
Mixed-use infill developments; smaller lots close to retail and work; built outdoor spaces with more amenities; and indoor/outdoor connections through oversized windows, glass doors, covered porches, and balconies. These are features increasingly requested by homeowners over the past several years, according to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey. Architect Mike Sullivan has been creating communities for more than 25 years and knows from experience what the AIA reports confirm: For most homeowners, active lifestyles and being near the action is more important than ever. They also want private retreats, such as attractive outdoor spaces that are usable through much of the year. Perkins Lane, Sullivan’s newest community design, fits all of those trends with gorgeous detailing and durable, high-quality finishes to boot.Read More
A new office building under development on Bluebonnet Boulevard, just west of the Jefferson Highway intersection, will become the new headquarters of the general contractor on the project, Dantin Bruce Construction.Read More
On Wednesday, Aug. 1, Dantin Bruce Development will officially open the doors at 333 Lofts—a small, luxury condo complex on East Boyd Drive near the South Gates of LSU—to those who have signed purchase agreements on 17 of the 28 units in the $5.5 million development. When the project broke ground last August, three of the 17 sold condos had been pre-sold. In the current condo market—in which many projects in Baton Rouge have had to give up on pushing sales contracts and shift to lease agreements—Brian Dantin says he’s happy with sales thus far of the two- and three-bedroom condos in 333 Lofts, and believes contracts will close on the 11 remaining units. Sales contracts, that is—not leases.Read More
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Construction materials and for sale signs are common sights around south Baton Rouge these days. And real estate agent Jane St. Amant says this is the first time since 2008 she's seen so many of both.Read More
Construction crews finished pouring concrete last week on the roads and alleys that will wind through Perkins Lane, a 4-acre townhouse development along a busy stretch of Perkins Road between Lee Drive and Standford Avenue.Read More
Brian Dantin with Dantin Bruce Companies has experienced success in developing upscale student housing in close proximity to LSU. The company recently put together a site on East Boyd Drive for the construction of a 28-unit project, purchasing four lots totaling 46,800 square feet for $1.2 million, or about $25.65 per square foot. The seller was William Arthur Reich.Read More
The townhome-condo market around LSU is racing.
At the South Gates of LSU on Highland Road, Brian Dantin has already built the Parker Place condos, which sold out in days and earlier this month won a design award from the Growth Coalition.Read More