Donnie has been behind some of Baton Rouge’s most successful developments, with a portfolio focusing on retail properties from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Pensacola Florida.
His passion for real estate and development is apparent; maybe this is why Donnie Jarreau Development’s business partnerships and client relationships tends to be long term. People who work with Donnie enjoy the enthusiasm that has made him successful.
Donnie has bought, sold, built and renovated as much property as virtually anyone in the Capital Region. In his nearly 25-year career, Donnie has developed and acquired over two million square feet of commercial, retail, office and multi-family property.
Recognizing that every property, situation and client is different, Donnie sees that each new experience brings its own unique challenges and circumstances. When others skim the surface, he digs in. With creativity, dedication and diligent problem solving, Donnie is able to make his deals work.
Many of his projects, like Southdowns Shopping Center, Perkins Road Hardware redevelopment, Drusilla Shopping Center, Perkins South Shopping Center and Eastbank Shopping Center, have been diamond-in-the-rough properties that, once reenergized, have helped transform entire neighborhoods and streetscapes.
Donnie has had several new development successes as well. Just down the street from Southdowns, the 50,000 square-foot Perkins Palms mixed-use development is a successful ground up project completed by Donnie Jarreau Developments in 2007. More recently, he teamed up with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership to develop the 100-unit Elysian, a workforce housing complex designed to accommodate a wide array of mixed-income residents in Mid-City Baton Rouge.
Over the past several years Donnie has acquired over $100,000,000 in retail Shopping Centers through different partnership structured syndication that encompasses over 1,000,000 square feet. (Properties enclosed)
Outside the office, Donnie is a valued community member who volunteers with a variety of local organizations. He served on the Board of the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition, is Board President of the Options Foundation, which provides housing and services to the mentally ill; and, has been a committed mentor in the Kids Hope program for many years. Donnie also founded Everyone Plays Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates sports equipment to local schools and addresses child obesity issues.
Donnie is a lifelong Baton Rouge area resident, married to Barbara Parsons Jarreau and proud father to six children.