A few readers asked the NPJ about the status of the Motel Louisianne property on Hwy. 1 South. NPJ reached out to property owner Rhodes Properties and Development LLC, who initially purchased the Motel with the intentions of remodeling it into all-inclusive efficiency apartments for NSU students. According to Justin Rhodes, as they gutted the property and began design for renovation, there was too much work needed on the existing structure. It became evident that saving the structure was not cost effective.
They switched gears to demo the structure completely and repurpose the project as mixed use commercial and are currently in meetings with their design team about best options for the property. Justin said they are looking forward to revitalizing the property as it is such a prominent commercial location and gateway into Natchitoches.