Should the Louisiana Legislature approve, the Capitol Welcome Center and parking garage in Baton Rouge may be sold. By selling underutilized facilities the state is able to reduce the cost of maintenance and upkeep.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said,

The welcome center is a great facility that just isn't being utilized enough to justify the expense for taxpayers. Managing our finances and our properties responsibly means recognizing when a facility isn't being used to its full potential. This sale will allow another organization to take advantage of the prime location while providing more value for downtown Baton Rouge.

The 4,242 square foot Capitol Park Welcome Center at 702 River Road includes a theater space, meeting space and a patio for up to 600 people. It has been appraised at $7.34 million while the parking garage across the street has been appraised at $4.05 million. Both property sale proposals will go before the legislature next week for approval.