March 14, 2007

Former Wal-Mart Big Box to Become Pedestrian-Friendly, Mixed-Use Development

An old Wal-Mart big-box strip mall in Louisiana will be torn down and redeveloped as a an 11-acre combined retail/residential village, including 30 townhouses and 130,000 square feet of retail space, The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reports.

"The Acadian Village shopping center embraces many . . . pedestrian-friendly, smart-growth principles: a public plaza, landscaped parking lot and public transportation pavilion," the paper reports. "Much of what Commercial Properties recruits to Acadian Village will be shops that fit with residential neighborhoods and the eclectic mix of stores in the nearby Perkins Road overpass district."

You can see an artist's rendering of the project here.

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