The Struggle to make Beauregard Town a historic district continues.
Let’s go back a bit. In 1980, Beauregard Town was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historical significance.
More recently, in the summer of 2021, The Beauregard Town Civic Association moved forward with a plan to turn the neighborhood into a locally designated historic district.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, the Historic Preservation Commission voted three to one to approve the measure, but it needed four votes to pass since there are seven people on the commission.
The decision will now be in the hands of the Planning Commission and the East Baton Rouge Metro Council. If approved, Beauregard Town would be one of just three such districts in Baton Rouge.
Folks with the Beauregard Town Civic Association are looking to get the special designation like Spanish Town and Drehr Place. But some neighbors oppose this and have put signs in their yards to voice their opposition.
Why Are Neighbors Opposed to Beauregard Town Becoming a Historic District?
While there are no restrictions on interior renovations or parts of the home that can not be seen from the street, there can be very specific restrictions regarding any renovations or remodels that affect the front facade.
Homeowners will need to gain approval from the Historic Preservation Commission before making any front facade changes.
Benefits of living in a Historic District
Historic Districts typically have a strong sense of community. The residents care about their homes as well as the neighborhood.
If you live in a historic district you can be sure it will largely remain the same. No tearing down of older homes just to replace them with new construction.
Another possible advantage is higher appreciation. While there is no guarantee that homes in a historic district will increase in value, it is highly likely.
What are your thoughts about Beauregard Town becoming a Historic District?