The site, owned by the city and vacant since Katrina, has been the subject many attempts to the land redeveloped. The last RFP winner abandoned the project for feasibility reasons and the city issued a new RFP this month.
The Paidia Company, a Baton Rouge-based entertainment development group, has put forth a proposal to bring Jazzland back. Under their plan, the 150-acre site would include a theme park, a water park, and a movie studio that would “allow for car chase scenes, pyrotechnics and other stunt work that needs a controlled environment for safety.”
Their plan calls for the restoration of the the Megazeph rollercoaster, an outdoor concert venue with seating for 3,000 to 5,000 and a 25,000-square-foot indoor theater venue, nature exhibits, and a fine dining restaurant staffed through Café Reconcile’s training program.