THE HISTORY OF THE TOWN SQUARE
TOWN SQUARE: AN OPEN PUBLIC SPACE COMMONLY FOUND IN THE HEART OF A TRADITIONAL TOWN USED FOR COMMUNITY GATHERINGS. I.E. TOWN SQUARE ARE CIVIC CENTER, CITY SQUARE, URBAN SQUARE, MARKET SQUARE, PUBLIC SQUARE, PIAZZA, PLAZA, AND TOWN GREEN. MOST TOWN SQUARES ARE HARDSCAPES SUITABLE FOR OPEN MARKETS, MUSIC CONCERTS, POLITICAL RALLIES, AND OTHER EVENTS THAT REQUIRE FIRM GROUND. BEING CENTRALLY LOCATED, TOWN SQUARES ARE USUALLY SURROUNDED BY SMALL SHOPS SUCH AS BAKERIES, MEAT MARKETS, CHEESE STORES, AND CLOTHING STORES. AT THEIR CENTER IS OFTEN A FOUNTAIN, WELL, MONUMENT, OR STATUE. I.E. PAVILION, CLOCK TOWER, OTHER MONUMENTAL FEATURE.
Many years ago, prior to the Civil War, the area around the present day Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road intersection was known as “Burlington.” The remaining areas of Greenwell Springs and Magnolia Bridge area was known as “Greenwell Springs.” Greenwell Springs and Burlington were both thriving communities. It was the sight of a cotton gin, a gristmill, a brickyard, a blacksmith shop and a ferry crossing the Amite River. Interestingly, the toll to cross the river was five cents by foot, fifteen cents by horse, twenty cents by buggy and twenty-five cents by wagon. The present day City of Central, with all its history, offers the same small town love with affordable living, convenient to all adjacent landmarks and towns.
Central Square, located approximately three miles west of the Magnolia Bridge, is a mixed used development intended for a "live, work, play" lifestyle. Hosting both commercial and residential, Central Square has and is becoming the true heart of the city, a textbook “town square.” At Central Square, a large emphasis has been placed on the aesthetic aspects of the entire community. The architecture of the townhomes and surrounding areas compliment each other in the highest fashion. The Park at Central Square will house an open, inviting pavilion with plenty of surrounding green space - an ideal gathering place, one of the sole purposes of a town square. The vibrant businesses, dining areas and green spaces effortlessly mix with the community. With easy access to sidewalks, ample parallel parking and bike lanes throughout, a mix of retail, dining and entertainment are located at your fingertips. This convenience is a renaissance to the original landscape architecture strategy of a town square in Modern America. Central Square’s monumental anchor is the park and its structures. Front and center, you are welcomed by the pavilion. The pavilion is home to host any and many events that will hopefully make history. Off-set from the pavilion, you will find the park’s working sundial that has been perfectly aligned with the axis of the earth’s rotation, pointing to true celestial north. The sundial, in every metaphorical way, is a dedication to a man that had his heart and soul into this town square, the architecture that surrounds it, and the entire community’s well being.
It was an architectural plan meant to be. Found hidden in the walls of an old Greenwell Springs home was the petition to construct the proposed new Magnolia Bridge across the Amite River. Signed by many of our past and present relatives, it was justified by stating “the present location would likewise afford a shorter route from the homes to market and shopping facilities for a large number of East Baton Rouge Parish for whom it is more convenient to market their produce and other products of the farm and land and to do their trading at Denham Springs.” It’s that very same convenience we wish to tie back into our Burlington and Greenwell Springs area as The City of Central.
Vieux Carré is the recent townhome community underway, right across the street from The Park at Central Square. Nestled in the center of the town, Vieux Carré offers easy living. This easy living will open up a brand new perspective to living in Central. It’s country living in the heart of the city. It’s an urban twist to what we’ve always known. It’s a live, play, work lifestyle that you know you love.
Central Square and the City Of Central are getting ready to experience a meaningful advancement for the families and children in the community. The most committed private early childhood educational company in Louisiana has chosen to make Central Square the home of their newest school. The facility has been strategically designed to provide the essential components of a high-quality early educational experience to children. The staff at Fundamentals Early Learning Center of Central Square will be local and remain committed to offering your child a superior high-quality early education, delivered to him in a manner which makes parents a partner in the process.