The former Bank of Louisiana building at 301 Magazine St. in the CBD is gearing up for its transition into an apartment–retail combo. The end result of the $3.2 million project, which should wrap up in February 2015, will be eight apartments ranging from 850-to-1,166-square-feet with 5,000-square-feet of retail space on the ground floor, City Biz reports. Simon Cho purchased the building for $1,275,000 in 2010 and his son, Eric Cho (he's the project manager) said that they plan on keeping the "unique features" that are on site. The structure dates back to 1814 and was rebuilt in the 1830s by architect James H. Dakin (Fun fact: Dakin also designed St. Patrick's Church). Those looking to live the good life in the 2,400-square-foot penthouse with rooftop deck are out of luck, though. The fourth floor expansion is being built for the Cho fam.
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· Apartments, retail in store for CBD bank building [City Biz; sub. req.]