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Old Posted May 19, 2007, 11:48 AM
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Renaissance Town Center



a preliminary sketch from a prominent planning firm offers the first peek at the project in eastern New Orleans: the Renaissance Town Center.

Lowe's Companies Inc. announced this week that it will begin construction of a 140,000-square-foot home improvement store at the site near Interstate 10 and Read Boulevard within the next 30 days. Other construction probably will begin in the first quarter of 2008, said Gowri Kailas, majority owner of the site. Most of the Plaza buildings already have been demolished.

A sketch of the plans, prepared by Andres Duany, a noted Miami-based architect, shows a high density mall of mixed uses: residences, retail stores, restaurants, offices, a cinema and a hotel.
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Fallstaff Apartments

Here's some info from April of this year on the Fallstaff renovation as well as the Rice Mill Lofts planned for the Bywater. Sounds interesting. I wonder how the area residents will react to seven-story windmills in their neighborhood?



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Rice Mill Lofts

Talk to Chris Goad, a senior architect with Wayne Troyer Architect in New Orleans, and you begin to envision a future for this storm-battered city that includes electricity-generating wind turbines sprouting from the rooftops of former factory buildings. David Miller, a real estate developer, has a slightly different but equally compelling and sustainable future in mind: one that integrates affordable housing throughout all neighborhoods.

The future may not be as far off as it seems. Working with developer Sean Cummings, Goad’s office is converting a derelict mill into the Rice Mill Lofts, an apartment and retail complex that aims to become the first LEED Gold-certified mixed-use project in Louisiana. And Miller, a vice president of the Renaissance Property Group, is redeveloping the abandoned Falstaff Brewery into mixed-income apartments. While the conversion of aging industrial buildings for residential use is nothing new in New Orleans, these projects suggest new directions for the city and its architecture.

Located in the city’s historic Bywater neighborhood, the Rice Mill Lofts will contain 50 residential units as well as ground-floor retail shops. With green features such as a 127-foot-tall wind turbine—whose form evokes a smokestack—photovoltaic arrays, and rainwater reclamation, it has already earned a merit award from the American Institute of Architects’ New Orleans Chapter (RECORD, March 2007, page 36). Despite its green features, though, Goad believes the project would be easy to replicate. “We really didn’t have to do a lot to renovate this old mill building into apartments,” he explains. “I believe there’s lots of opportunity in New Orleans to do this kind of project.”

Across town, in the Mid-City area, David Miller also sees untapped potential that could stem from his own redevelopment scheme. Renaissance is taking a 204,000-square-foot former beer brewery and converting it into 149 apartments, half of which are set aside for people making less than the city’s median income. “Projects like Falstaff could be hugely positive for re-development. I believe it will serve as a catalyst for the area,” he says.

The Falstaff building has been a landmark since 1912—its neon sign, some 13 stories high, is visible throughout the city—but it sat vacant for nearly three decades in a neighborhood now filled with bail-bond offices and convenience stores. HMS Architects, with associate architect Webster Design, chose to retain the existing structure, preserving as much of its character as possible. Keith Steger, of HMS, explains that this move allowed for the creation of living units with large window bays and high ceilings—a boon to future residents.

The Falstaff Brewery should be ready for occupancy by the end of this year, while construction on the Rice Mill Lofts is expected to finish in the summer of 2008. For a city in desperate need of new housing, these dates can’t come soon enough.

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the Avalon boutique/ condo hotel

The 10 floor building formerly known as the Gulf Tower apartments is now undergoing major renovations and will become the Avalon. It is located on Beach Blvd, kitty-corner to the Beau Rivage.





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Sweet Escape - Sun Herald

Margaritaville Casino to provide shopping, dining, entertainment
By MARY PEREZ
meperez@sunherald.com

Jimmy Buffett believes everyone needs a place to escape their cares for awhile and when Margaritaville Casino opens in 2010, guests will drift away again with a mix of entertaining shops and restaurants.

The look and feel of the $700 million Margaritaville Casino will come from Buffett's memories of time spent on the Coast. He was born in Pascagoula and began performing professionally in Biloxi, and he has creative control of the property Harrah's Entertainment is building on the beach in Biloxi.

Putting the fun in the shopping is Simon Property Group Inc. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the company owns or has interest in 285 properties in 38 states and Puerto Rico, including the Northpark Mall in Jackson.

Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant will be the centerpiece of at least 60 shops and restaurants and Simon CEO David Simon said in one location, "It's going to be a way to relax, shop, eat and be entertained." There will be a total of 250,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

In 2008 the company will open Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. Similar to the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi, it will feature outdoor dining and Margaritaville trademark music and food like crab cakes, jambalaya and bayou shrimp pasta. Among the shops and restaurants opening at the Panama Beach site are Ron Jon Surf Shop, Dillard's, Back Porch Seafood House, Panera Bread and Reggae J's Island Grill.

"Our goal is to make Simon's properties the best retail properties in the best markets," said Les Morris, manager of corporate public relations. The company develops enclosed malls, outlet centers, outdoor lifestyle malls and mixed used regional malls that encompass housing and office space.

"Restaurants have become increasingly important to shopping centers," Morris said. "All Simon properties start with great retail."

Construction begins this summer. The resort will feature a new 420-room hotel plus restoration of 378 rooms at the former Casino Magic Biloxi. There will be 100,000 square feet of casino space, 66,000 square feet of convention space, a pool and spa

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The Preserve and The Crescent

Apartments to replace Mid-City landmarks

A New York developer has launched construction of $100 million in mixed-income apartments at two locations along Tulane Avenue. The Domain Companies is converting the former Baumer Co. processing plant site and the former Crescent City Motors dealership into residential complexes comprised of 183 units and 228 units respectively.

The Baumer plant, after a $54 million conversion into a five-story complex with townhouse-like facades, will be named The Preserve. The iconic Baumer sign with the chef stirring a pot of jam will be restored to its art-deco original appearance and placed somewhere on the site. The plant has been demolished.

The Crescent City Motors plant, after a $43 million demolition and new construction, will become a four-story complex called The Crescent.

Both complexes call for the development of mixed-income apartment units. Forty percent of the units will be set aside for low-income residents, and rents will range from $500 for a one-bedroom apartment to more than $1,200 for two-bedroom units.

Construction should take 18 months.
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Algiers Crossing

Miami Beach developer will begin construction on a new Riverview condominium project with on-site retail shops and cafes.

Downtown and French Quarter are a short ferry ride across the Mississippi River. Federal city government complex will be half a mile away. Federal City will employ approx. 10,000 civilians and US government employees which will create a high demand for rental housing in the area.

aerial showing Algiers Crossing location opposite the CBD and French Quarter


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site plan showing location directly on the River




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City Park

The crown jewel of local parks, the 1,300-acre City Park sutained an estimated $43 million in damage from Katrina's winds and floodwaters. Now the nation's 2nd largest urban park is on its way back. Already opened are popular attractions such as NOMA, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Bestoff Sculpture Garden, Pavilion of Two Sisters, childrens Storyland amusement park, Botanical Garden, Golf driving range, the 43,000 seat Tad Gormley Stadium, the tennis center and the soccer fields, and a new miniature train. Underway is restoration of the fabled antique wooden Carousel.

Plans to tackle about four dozen projects, ranging from restroom, fountain, fencing and picnic shelter repairs to overhauling the shuttered Casino building, with its event rooms and food and beverage service.

Shovels will hit the dirt Thursday as dozens of new trees are planted along the formerly live-oak canopied Lelong Avenue corridor that leads to NOMA. Along with 40 mature live oaks and 130 crape myrtles, plans call for new benches and trash receptacles.

link to map: http://blog.nola.com/graphics/city_park_update.pdf

link to story in TP: http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpa...410.xml&coll=1




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Does anyone know anything about the status of the National Jazz Center project? It looked interesting, but I haven't heard anything about it for a while, and I'm afraid it's been shelved which I know would be shocking in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Lofts / Condos

It's amazing how the New Orleans dowtown scene is changing. The addition of all the new luxury condos has changed the look of the city. There are so many new faces on the development scene, and it is a breath of fresh air. of course everyone knows Trump is coming, but the new guys are just as active. The Canal Street project that Djuan Edgerton and Ira Rosenberg are tackling should really make a strong imprint in the urban professioanl scene. There is also that Orleans Ave reviatlization project with Josh and Marc Spencer. The scene is really looking up. Even though these guys are new to the New Orleans real estate scene, it's not looking to shabby!

Checkout internationalrealestatetrends.com - they have projects in la too.
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Does anyone know anything about the status of the National Jazz Center project? It looked interesting, but I haven't heard anything about it for a while, and I'm afraid it's been shelved which I know would be shocking in New Orleans.
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpa...600.xml&coll=1
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Thanks for the update. Yet another outstanding victory for the Nagin administration...
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Where can I find pictures of the basement of the 225 Baronne st building.

I remember seeing them on one of the sites & it was really clean, painted & maintained perfectly. That building is now at a standstill.
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TwiRoPa Mills razed to allow redevelopment
Retail, residential planned for site Tuesday, July 03, 2007By Greg Thomas
TwiRoPa Mills, a former popular-music venue and long-ago twine factory on Tchoupitoulas, is being demolished to make way for the redevelopment of the Market Street power plant into a mixed-use complex that could involve a hotel, shops and residential units.

A Miami condominium developer known as The Midtown Group LLC acquired TwiRoPa, located at 1544 Tchoupitoulas, several years ago. In January the same group, working with T.J. Fisher of New Orleans, also purchased the nearby Market Street power plant from Entergy New Orleans for $10 million with plans to redevelop it.

Michael Samuels, who is a lead partner in Midtown Group in Miami, said last week that detailed plans for the conversion project will be released soon.
Local firm John C .William's Architects LLC is working on the project. He could not be reached Monday.

Mickey Palmer, who owns nearby A to Z Paper at 1560 Tchoupitoulas, said he was excited about the development.

"We're doing development on the riverfront, and that's where it's supposed to be," Palmer said.

Palmer said he has not been approached about the potential purchase of his building for the development, even though Samuels said he is considering buying additional properties in the area.

Samuels said full demolition of the Market Street plant should begin soon. He offered no timetable or detailed plans and said specifics will soon be announced.

TwiRoPa was once owned by Dr. Steve Lesser, who leased the property to the operators of the TwiRoPa Mills music venue, which never opened after Katrina.

http://www.nola.com/business/t-p/ind...440.xml&coll=1

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Weyerhaueser-Lacombe

A 1,400-home, 1.3-square-mile community, complete with a town center and a higher education campus north of Lacombe, was recommended for approval Tuesday night by the St. Tammany Parish Zoning Commission.

The request by Weyerhaueser Real Estate Development Co. to rezone an 848-acre tract of timberland along Louisiana 434 from suburban agriculture to a planned unit development. The 110 acres along Louisiana 434 designated for a town center for stores, businesses and offices. That includes 22.5 acres which Weyerhaueser is making available to the parish for a higher education campus including a consortium of Southeastern Louisiana University, Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans. The plans also include 4.5 acres which will be available to the parish school system. School officials said last month that they would like to build a high school for advanced studies in technology and the arts on the property.

According to the plans, the multiphase development will include 1,401 homes in a mix of apartment units, loft homes above offices and businesses, townhouses, cluster and single-family homes.

About 290 acres of the community is designated as green space, including 230 acres of wetlands that will not be developed, Schoen said. Amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse, a playground with two baseball fields, two soccer fields and tennis courts.

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Planning panel backs Bywater condos
But opponents cite traffic, parking fears
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
By Bruce Eggler
To opponents, it's an unsightly, out-of-scale behemoth that would wreak havoc on Bywater's traffic, parking and drainage and threaten the neighborhood's somewhat raffish, unconventional character.

To supporters, it's an environmentally sensitive, neighborhood-friendly engine for economic development that could be the catalyst for a dying district's rebirth.

For weeks, arguments over the merits of a proposed 240,000-square-foot, 105-unit condominium development in the heart of Bywater have divided residents, even leading to the creation of an upstart rival to the neighborhood's longtime resident organization.



On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission threw its support behind the proposed complex, known as ICInola.

Despite hearing impassioned arguments against every aspect of the proposal from more than a dozen Bywater residents, the commission voted 6-0 to endorse plans for the complex and send them to the City Council.

The site is in Councilman James Carter's district, and the council is likely to follow his recommendation in deciding whether to give the project a green light.

A Web site created by the project's developers promises that ICInola "will signal a return to the time-honored tradition of a walkable, sustainable community that includes shops and services while embracing modern design and environmentally friendly building practices."

The opponents' Web site lists a dozen reasons residents should resist the project, including that the proposed buildings are too big for a neighborhood of predominantly single-story houses, "will lead to . . . loss of street/neighborhood character" and "are extremely modern in appearance and do not adequately blend in with the surrounding neighborhood."

Developers Shea Embry and Carolyn "Cam" Mangham propose redeveloping four separate sites, one at each corner of the intersection of Bartholomew and Burgundy streets, including the former LA. Frey meat packing plant and a former Social Security Administration office building.

The site totals 2.76 acres, and the completed complex would comprise 105 condos costing $250,000 and more, 210 off-street parking spaces and 34,662 square feet of commercial and community-center space.

The buildings would be contemporary in appearance and would be designed to minimize energy usage through devices such as solar panels and rooftop gardens. Bywater is a local historic district, and the Historic District Landmarks Commission has approved the building designs.

The former Frey plant would be incorporated into a new five-story building with 53 condos and a two-level, 54-space garage. The old Social Security building would be demolished and replaced by a four-story building with 14 condos and a 16-space parking lot.

On the third corner, a former office and garage for the Frey plant would be demolished to make room for a four-story building with 19 condos and a two-level, 63-space garage. On the final corner, two single-family shotgun houses would be relocated to nearby lots and a four-story building with 19 condos and a two-level, 69-space garage would be built.



All four buildings also would have space for offices, restaurants and other retail uses, such as a grocery, a coffeehouse, a gallery and a health club, though no commercial tenants have committed to the project.

Critic cites Wal-Mart

One of the project's harshest critics, Beth Butler, told the City Planning Commission that ICInola would be "outrageously disproportionate" in scale, would dwarf nearby homes and would be equivalent in square feet to a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Embry said the Wal-Mart comparison is invalid because the project would be divided among four buildings with streets between them. She said she and Mangham chose to reduce the number of proposed condos in response to neighborhood pressure.

Embry and other proponents said Bywater has only about half as many residents now as in the 1960s and needs a project such as ICInola to spur its redevelopment. French Quarter hotelier Michael Valentino called the developers' plans "bold, visionary and appropriate," and residents including Carolyn Leftwich, Shelton Pollet and Bill Sweeney expressed strong support.

http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories...l=1&thispage=1





















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Louisiana Cancer Center

LSU, Tulane, Xavier partner in new cancer center set to open 2010

After years of talking, planning and dreaming, the first steps have been taken toward building a cancer center that is designed to be nothing less than a scientific and economic mainstay of New Orleans' post-Katrina economy.

"Test piles are going. Great things are happening," said Steven Moye, president of the organization behind the Louisiana Cancer Research Center at Tulane and South Claiborne avenues.

The health sciences centers of Louisiana State and Tulane universities, as well as Xavier University, are partners in the project, which is envisioned as a center for treatment, teaching and research as well as an economic engine for the city's renaissance.

The 10-story building will have about 175,000 square feet of work space, Moye said, and about 300 people are expected to be employed there when the center opens in 2010.

http://blog.nola.com/times-picayune/...enter_set.html

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Royal Cosmopolitan



as posted by sgray over in southern states forum.....
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Located in the French Quarter, on Royal Street, just off Canal, it will be a 26-story, 122-unit condo-hotel tower next to the former Cosmopolitan Hotel, which they also plan to reopen as a 24-room hotel.

The project, known as the Royal Cosmopolitan Hotel, 121 Royal St., is estimated to cost less than $50 million with $25 million for the tower and between $15 million and $20 million to rehabilitate the Cosmopolitan, which dates to the late 1800s.
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Canal Place Three

the link: http://darrylberger.com/retail.htm

The Berger Company is planning a major retail expansion to The Shops at Canal Place as part of a $220 million mixed-use tower at Canal Place Phase 3 (CP3).
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My first post here, pretty excited about your forum, I just happend to come across it looking for new developments in the New Orleans Metro area. Here's a little contribution, hope it is ok to post this:

Macy's to open stores at The Esplanade and Lakeside Malls
Posted by gthomas September 27, 2007 12:20PM

Artist's rendering of the two stores Macy's plans on opening at Lakeside and Esplanade malls.Macy's Inc. will open a new three-level store at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie and will renovate and reopen its store at The Esplanade that has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. Both stores are expected to open in October 2008, said Ed Holmon, head of Macy's South, the company division that handles Louisiana. Before Katrina, Macy's also operated a store at the New Orleans Centre in the city. That store will not reopen. Holmon said Macy's return to the metro area market was never in question. Instead, the retailer was waiting for the timing to be right in terms of the area's population and economic demographic. Holmon said, though, that growth on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain could make that a possible site for future expansion.

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My first post here, pretty excited about your forum, I just happend to come across it looking for new developments in the New Orleans Metro area. Here's a little contribution, hope it is ok to post this:
Welcome to the forum CovLA. Glad to have you join in. Thanks for the update on Macy's. This is great news for the Eastbank, hopefully they will announce the Oakwood store will come back on the Westbank. Rumor has it that Macy's may be part of the huge Lac duNord development on the Northshore too. Looking forward to your posts here as well as in the Southern and SouthCentral regional forums here at SSP.
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