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Borders to open on St. Charles Av in Uptown

Borders has leased the former Bultman Funeral Home on St. Charles Avenue with plans to gut the iconic structure and convert it into a 24,000-square-foot bookstore.

Though Borders normally builds stores from the ground up, the chain has done many adaptive reuse projects, including several historic buildings in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and Boston.



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

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Mardi Gras movie studios

Stage set for new $30M movie studio in Algiers

Private developers will help New Orleans remain competitive for film and television productions when they erect a new 200,000-square-foot film studio in Algiers.

Read and a collection of private partners are under contract to acquire 15 acres in Algiers to build the first ground-up studio in the New Orleans area. Read also has an option on an adjacent 17-acre site.

The $30-million project is 100 percent privately funded, said Read. The facility will include one 100,000-square-foot soundstage and 100,000 square feet of various office and production suites.

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More on the Federal City project on the West Bank.........
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Two long overdue icons returned to the City over the last week; the street cars started clanging along St Charles Avenue Uptown and Robert Fresh Market (pr. ro-bear) reopened in Lakeview. Both have been gone since Katrina. Relatives are so excited about both, another bit of normalcy returing to their neighborhoods.

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Great News fla_tiger! I cannot wait to get down to New Orleans and ride on the street cars on St. Charles again. The street cars downtown have been working for the past year though right?
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Great News fla_tiger! I cannot wait to get down to New Orleans and ride on the street cars on St. Charles again. The street cars downtown have been working for the past year though right?
Yes Red UM Rebel, the St Charles line from Canal past Lee Circle, the Riverfront/French Quarter and the Canal St/Cemeteries lines have been up since last winter. The final leg of the St Charles line from Uptown past Tulane and Loyola U's through Carrollton is scheduled to be running in April 08.
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St. Charles streetcar line may be extended by Christmas

St. Charles streetcar line may be extended by Christmas
http://blog.nola.com/times-picayune/..._line_may.html
Posted by Leslie Williams November 15, 2007 4:08PM
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If an aggressive plan being pursued by the Regional Transit Authority succeeds -- and the odds are it will -- tourists and residents may get an unexpected Christmas gift. They'll be able to ride the streetcar the entire length of St. Charles Avenue.

Fred Basha, the RTA's director of infrastructure, said Thursday that he's convinced the streetcar line's Calliope Street substation can generate enough power to move historic, green Perley Thomas cars all the way from downtown to South Carrollton Avenue. At the moment, service ends at Napoleon Avenue, about half way along the St. Charles route.

If the RTA can overcome three other obstacles, and he believes the agency can, street service along the length of the avenue could resume before Christmas Eve, Basha said.

The obstacles: The RTA has to have workers paint the poles that support the electrified system of overhead wires, which rainy weather could delay. Operators who were laid off after Hurricane Katrina shut down the system have to be re-hired. And the state has to certify that the portion of the line between Napoleon and Carrollton is safe to use.

"There's also some testing of that portion of the line that needs to be done, but I don't expect that to be a problem," Basha said. "It's aggressive, but I think we can have it operational before Christmas Eve."
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The Preserve

In a mid-city neighborhood near the Central Business District the 183-unit Preserve will replace a plant where Crystal Hot Sauce, a staple of Cajun cooking, used to be bottled........

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Brad Pitt's N.O. housing efforts have Lower 9th Ward in the pink

Actor Brad Pitt is scheduled to announce plans to create more than 100 affordable, ecologically sound homes in the Lower 9th Ward. This weekend, big pink houses were installed in the flood-ravaged neighorhood as symbolic stand-ins for those homes.

Ivory Porter Webb was first perplexed, then giddy with excitement, on Saturday afternoon, just before dusk. As she drove across the Claiborne Avenue bridge over the Industrial Canal, she noticed something peculiar.

A few blocks in the Lower 9th Ward, along the levee from North Derbigny to North Galvez streets, were studded with odd, very large pink blocks, as big as houses, 100 or more of them, with pink roof shapes lying beside them on empty lots.

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National WWII Museum

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans said today it has awarded a $42 million construction contract for the next phase of the museum’s $300 million expansion.

Within weeks, builder Satterfield and Pontikes Construction Group will begin work on a 250-seat advanced-format theater that will feature 4-D multisensory experiences and dimensional sound in a cinematic presentation, “Beyond All Boundaries,” for which actor Tom Hanks will serve as executive producer.

Opening in mid-2009 across the street from the existing museum, the theater will be the first of six new pavilions, with the entire project due to be completed in 2014. Another audio-visual presentation will deliver “The USO Experience.” Founded by the late UNO historian Stephen Ambrose, the 7-year-old museum is expected to draw nearly 700,000 visitors a year after the expansion.

Private, federal and state funds are paying for the $300 million project. Related improvements to bury electrical wires along Magazine Street and add new brick sidewalks, historic lampposts and lighted street trees are under way.
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NASA Michoud: Research and Development Building

NEW ORLEANS -- Construction officially began Tuesday on a $40 million office and research building at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

The state is paying for the 120,000 square-foot building, which is officially part of the University of New Orleans.

Officials at Tuesday's groundbreaking called it a symbol of the state commmitment that helped to keep NASA in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

"Just two years ago, many people would have thought that today would be impossible," said Robert Lightfoot, deputy director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Two years ago, New Orleans was still drying out after Hurricane Katrina, which hit Aug. 29, 2005. But the 832-acre Michoud site in eastern New Orleans never flooded: its levees held, and 36 workers stayed through the storm and kept the compound's pumps going.

UNO Chancellor Tim Ryan said several people have told him that dedication not only kept the shuttle tank work at Michoud but played a major part in bringing work on the next moon rockets.

The space shuttle work, which keeps about 2,500 people employed at Michoud, is scheduled to end in 2010. In the meantime, work will start toward switching to assembling parts of the next set of moon rockets - the Ares I, which will launch astronauts, and Ares V, a cargo rocket.

The facility also made the first stages of the Saturn rockets for the Apollo manned space program in the 1960s.

"Since Apollo, every astronaut who's flown has flown on hardware built here in Louisiana," Lightfoot said. He quoted Dave Scott, commander of Apollo 15, when he walked on the moon in 1971: "There's a fundamental truth to our nature: Man must explore."

He continued, "Today is the next step on this long journey of exploration."

The state also put up $20 million for the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which also is officially part of UNO.

Louisiana's total commitment will total $102 million, said Gov. Kathleen Blanco and outgoing economic development Secretary Michael Olivier.

He didn't detail the remainder; Lightfoot said it includes $40 million to retool for the bigger rocket stages needed by the Ares program, and $2 million set aside for planning, economic development and education.

What it boils down to, Blanco said, is that "Louisiana will continue to have a hands-on role in continuing the next level of space exploration."
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BoldMar Yachts

N.O. lands second yacht-maker

BoldMar will use Michoud technology in super-elite craft

all of this for only a cool 65mil




Friday, December 21, 2007By Jen DeGregorio
Only a few shipbuilders nationwide specialize in the construction of high-end superyachts, and New Orleans is about to be home to two of them at a time when demand for the luxury watercraft is on the rise.

A Florida company called BoldMar Inc. announced this month plans to begin constructing yachts at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Eastern New Orleans. The company will join Trinity Yachts Inc. as the Crescent City's only other maker of ultra-luxury watercraft.

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New Orleans BioInnovation Center

$60M BioInnovation deal to be summer blockbuster


An artist’s rendering of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center to be constructed at 1441 Canal St. (Rendering courtesy Eskew+Dumez+Ripple)

Construction will begin this summer on the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, ending a two-year delay on the high-tech, $60-million state economic development project designed to be a cornerstone of the city’s post-Katrina recovery. http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.co....cfm?recid=977
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New Orleans Traffic Ops Center



Crews will begin construction in February on a $12.4-million traffic operations center on West End Boulevard in New Orleans.http://www.djcgulfcoast.com/item.cfm?recID=7571
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ICInola

Developers plan to break ground this spring on a $42-million eco-friendly loft development in Bywater.




The development, known as ICInola, is at the site of the former L.A. Frey & Sons Manufacturing Plant at Burgundy and Bartholomew streets. It consists of four buildings that will house 105 lofts and 50,000 square feet of businesses on 2.76 acres.
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The rendering of the BioInnovation Center looks really great; the previous version (pre-Katrina) was a faux-French Quarter aesthetic that did nothing to speak to the importance of the biomedical district in NO's future. Any more renderings of the new building?

Also, is anyone else a little underwhelmed by the Borders? They basically just saved the outermost 6" of only two of the facades facing St. Charles and Louisiana, which seems more of a facadomy than an adaptive reuse. That building was unbelievably gorgeous (check out that picture of the yellow sunroom--how great would it have been to read a book in there); it's such a shame that conversations about buildings like the Bultman devolve into "development or no development" instead of looking at how we can "get to good." Aside from eating some development costs up front, why couldn't Borders retain some more of the structure? I know that books are heavy and they needed to reinforce the building, but keeping some of the original structure would have been more innovative than what they are trying to pass off as adaptive. Also, Stirling is being a little disingenuous when he claims that Borders is not going to have an impact on the local booksellers in the city; while I welcome economic development, it would have been great to see a local bookshop go into that building--now that would have been something!
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I hope this city comes back. Right now crime is through the roof.
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2600 St. Charles Avenue

An upscale 6 residence condominium now under construction in the Garden District.





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Superdome windows to shine on Club Level
by Ariella Cohen Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS - And the architects said, let there be light.

Sunshine will make its debut this summer in the cavernous interior of the Louisiana Superdome when four windows are added to the famously monolithic exterior of the silver-skinned New Orleans stadium.

The windows — part of the third phase of a $210-million state renovation project begun in 2006 — will be the first openings cut into the dome’s aluminum exterior skin since it opened in 1975. The 18-by-24-foot sheets of reinforced glass will replace metal cladding on the exterior of the club level of the stadium.

Four VIP escalators are included in the renovation to the Superdome Club Level, which recently added chic black leather couches, stainless steel pillars and wood-grain finished bars.

The escalators and windows will cost $10.8 million in state funding.

Another $21 million will go to replacing the Dome’s remaining exterior aluminum panels, including $6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to repair panels damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The investment is well worth it, said Doug Thornton, regional vice president of SMG, which manages the Superdome.

“We are doing a much-needed modernization,” said Thornton. “In modern hotels and ballrooms, they have windows with views of the city. We want to compete with these venues.”

The Superdome is the city’s most modern recognizable structure because of its sleek futuristic appearance, architectural experts say. Designed by Curtis & Davis, it was a sign of the city’s prominence and promise at a time when most downtown city centers were losing people to the suburbs.

Katrina’s winds ripped away some 70 percent of the Dome’s roof, forcing a renovation that had been talked about for years. Adding windows was an idea that came up repeatedly in discussions, said Thornton, as the modernist traditions that influenced the Dome’s heralded architects, Nathanial “Buster” Curtis and Arthur Davis, fell out of fashion to be replaced by contemporary styles emphasizing natural light and connections between building interiors and the city streets surrounding them.

“This is huge,” said John Klingman, a professor of architecture at Tulane University. “The Superdome is kind of inhuman. Light will humanize it. I am fairly certain that Buster Curtis would approve. He was a smart architect and any smart architect would be in support of natural light.”

Curtis passed away in 1997. Davis, his partner, said this week he is pleased to hear visitors to the Dome will soon be able to see outside. While windows weren’t part of the original vision for an “all-season, multipurpose space,” they could work, said the retired architect.

“If they give a view of downtown, I would not be opposed,” said Davis, lead architect for the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library and the New Orleans Arena.

Built in 1999, the 18,000-seat arena has a band of windows running around its octagon-shaped façade.

Metallic louver sunshades will camouflage the Dome’s glass windows so people will be able to see in and out yet the structure will maintain its uninterrupted silver glare, said project architect Jon Seibert of Sizeler Architects, which along with Billes Architecture, Trahan Architects and the Minneapolis-based engineer Ellerbe Becket is carrying out the three-year renovation.

“You’ll have to look to see the windows there,” said Seibert. “It’s hard to add a hole and hide it, too, but that is what we are trying to do.”

Architects originally envisioned cladding the entire 273-feet high, 680-foot wide Dome in glass, said Richard Kravet of Billes Architecture.

“We loved the idea of punching open the skin of this building that for so long has been monolithic over the city,” said Kravet, whose firm led the minimalist, chrome-touched interior redesign of the Club Level lounges.

The costs of an all-glass Dome compounded by preservation concerns made a transparent skin impossible, but the 100-foot band of windows is a good compromise, said Kravet.

“We wanted to connect this icon of the city to its streets. The windows do that,” he said.

Davis doesn’t regret the decision to forgo windows in the Dome, the largest fixed domed structure in the world from its opening 1975 until 1992 when the 9-acre, 606-foot-wide Georgia Dome in Atlanta took its title. In 1999, the 20-acre Millennium Dome in London became the largest domed structure in the world.

“The introduction of windows at that time would have distracted somewhat from the effectiveness of the original multipurpose program,” said Davis. Yet he agrees with state planners that the time is right for a new skin for the middle-aged icon.

“It’s as effective today as it was (when we built it) ... (but) I’ve noticed the exterior could use the new aluminum.”•
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