Commercial Properties, a for-profit unit of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, will redevelop a former Wal-Mart shopping center as pedestrian-friendly Acadian Village, offering 130,000 square feet of retail space topped by some 30 rental townhouses and including other smart-growth features, such as an open plaza, landscaped parking lot and public transportation pavilion.

”Given the residential on top, we’re trying to get more of a neighborhood community,” said Commercial Properties CEO Camm Morton. ”Certainly, we hope to find a good grocery store along with some supporting convenience and cool retail and additional restaurants.”

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