National furniture company Arhaus will open later this year in the South Market District, the first retail tenant to be announced by developers of the four-block project in the increasingly residential Central Business District. Read More
When the New Orleans Pelicans take to the court Wednesday for this year’s first regular-season game at the New Orleans Arena, it will be more than just the debut of a rebranded team in a renovated facility. It also will be, or so arena and Pelicans officials hope, the start of an era in which both of the city’s professional teams no longer need to rely on annual cash payments from the state to keep them afloat. Read More
The firm behind the $200 million South Market District restaurant-retail-apartment development off the Loyola Avenue streetcar line now plans to bring a hotel into the downtown neighborhood. Read More
Who says summer and early fall are slow in New Orleans? The past month alone has been a banner month for venue openings, especially landmark theatre re-openings. With the re-opening of the Joy and Saenger Theatres, downtown is certainly seeing a theatre renaissance. Now, one of the city’s oldest theatres, the oldest in fact as its new website boasts, the Civic Theatre in the Central Business District (CBD) confirmed its official re-opening and released its Fall 2013 concert schedule this week. Read More
Nearly three years after announcing ambitious plans to revive a section of the Central Business District, The Domain Cos. has started construction on the first building in its proposed $200 million South Market District mixed-use development off the Loyola Avenue streetcar line. The Paramount at South Market, a five-story apartment, restaurant and retail building, is slated to be finished late next year. Read More
NEW ORLEANS, LA–The Domain Companies has secured financing for and commenced construction of The South Market District, a mixed-use transit-oriented development in Downtown New Orleans. The Paramount at South Market is the District’s first building to commence and will feature 209 first-class apartments and 22,000sf of retail space. Read More
The Civic, New Orleans’ oldest theater, is scheduled to reopen by year’s end, at the conclusion of a thoughtful nine-month renovation. Like a buried gem, the ornate Beaux-Arts playhouse has lay hidden in a cluster of Central Business District buildings, unused for more than 20 years. Read More
The menu is taking shape for The Little Gem Saloon, a long-forgotten cradle of Crescent City jazz that’s about to swing to life again on the corner of Poydras and South Rampart streets. Back at the turn of the 20th century, the Little Gem was a haunt for jazzmen like Buddy Bolden and Jelly Roll Morton. Despite its prominent place in music history, the building has sat shuttered since the 1970s. Read More
The Central Business District office space market in New Orleans has faced stiff competition over the years from suburban areas, which tend to offer more parking space and better commute times for employees as well as lower lease rates. Read More
Benson Tower is expected to approach 100 percent occupancy with the anticipated arrival of a Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank branch and the expansion of existing tenant Ochsner Health System. Read More
The Industrial Development Board today gave preliminary blessing to a payment in lieu of taxes financing package for the first half of South Market District, a development on Girod Street near the future Loyola Avenue streetcar expansion. Read More
The lush branches of the majestic oak trees lining New Orleans’ historic St. Charles Avenue have never looked more glorious than they do now. Not even before Hurricane Katrina’s wrath, which left behind barren, crippled centuries old bark nearly seven years ago, have the oaks looked so strong, green, and healthy. Read More
With a few recent retail wins, economic development officials and real estate professionals say that the prospect for getting more national stores into New Orleans is looking up. In May, after months of speculation that the shopping club Costco Wholesale Corp. would come to New Orleans, the city officially announced the retailer's plans to open at the former Carrollton Shopping Center in 2013. On Wednesday, the New Orleans Business Alliance and the Downtown Development District announced that Major League Baseball hat retailer New Era Cap Co. Inc. will open a flagship store on Canal Street before the 2013 Super Bowl, adding New Orleans to an impressive list of cities around the globe. Read More
Looking for a supportive start-up community in which to launch your venture but hoping to skip the extreme competition of the likes of Silicon Valley? If you hurry, New Orleans may be the answer. Read More
If you notice an abnormal amount of activity around the Hyatt New Orleans this weekend, it will be due to these two reasons: 1) There are roughly 2 jillion sports fans in town to watch the Saints and/or BCS Championship, and 2) Borgne is coming to life inside the hotel. Read More
The odd sight of New Orleanians makin' groceries in the 700 block of Baronne Street on Tuesday morning offered the latest evidence that the city's once-moribund downtown is continuing to morph from a land of surface parking lots and blighted buildings into a living, breathing neighborhood. The debut of a 40,000-square foot Rouses Market -- the first full-service grocery to open its doors in the Central Business District in 45 years -- fills a void for a sector that has seen significant residential growth in the past decade. Read More
For more than six years after the winds of Hurricane Katrina blew out dozens of the hotel's windows, the property has been shuttered while development has occurred all around it. But the Hyatt plans to make a splash when it reopens Oct. 19, the last of the major New Orleans hotels to do so following the 2005 storm. Read More
The home of the New Orleans Saints and site of six Super Bowls will be renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome under a deal with the German automaker announced Tuesday. Read More
Ochsner will be moving approximately 500 to 750 of its employees to Benson Tower by the first quarter of 2012, a representative for the health system said today. Read More
When John Besh opens a new restaurant, it’s generally preceded by some globetrotting. Now along comes Borgne, a seafood-focused restaurant slated to open early next year in the soon-to-(finally)-reopen Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Read More
Bricks-and-mortar work began Tuesday on New Orleans' newest streetcar line, a 1.5-mile route along Loyola Avenue that will connect the Union Passenger Terminal to Canal Street. Read More
For many years, this part of the Central Business District was underdeveloped, home to blighted properties but now that's all changing. "We definitely felt like this area and this part of the city would come back stronger than ever, and we wanted to be a part of it,” said Jack Warner of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar. The soon-to-be Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar and Happy's Irish Bar are the latest development projects to pop up along Poydras. Read More
New Orleans--never a candidate for an underground, subway system--has had on-and-off success with public transit. But as roads became clogged and full of fumes in the post-Katrina era, the city and entrepreneurs have explored ways to expand streetcar lines, make buses greener and restore ferry service on Lake Pontchartrain. Read More
The Joy Theatre, one of four historic theaters in downtown New Orleans, will reopen as a live music and entertainment venue early next year after a $5 million renovation by NOLA Theatre District LLC, the development company announced Friday. Read More
Seven years after streetcars returned to Canal Street following a four-decade absence, New Orleans officials staged a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday for a 1.5-mile line along Loyola Avenue -- the first of what they hope will be multiple new rail projects. Read More
The plan to expand streetcar service in New Orleans is poised to move forward next week when transit officials are expected to recommend a construction firm to build a new line along Loyola Avenue from the Union Passenger Terminal to Canal Street. Read More
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans, whose blown-out windows became some of the first images of Hurricane Katrina damage broadcast to television audiences around the country in 2005, will reopen to guests Oct. 19, the hotel's general manager confirmed Tuesday. Read More
Urban Land Institute - Independent grocers and large national chains alike are reshaping the urban grocery experience. Read how they are changing their format to accommodate tight urban parcels and draw customers in 2011. Read More
Architect Magazine - What the oldest operating transit system in the U.S. can teach us about planning for tomorrow. Read More
New Orleans City Business - Donald Rouse and his lead architect, John Williams, trudged through the gutted remains of the former Sewell Cadillac dealership on Baronne Street, future home of a new Rouses Market. Read More
The Times-Picayune - Now that the New Orleans Saints have been eliminated from the playoffs, the cacophony of hammers and drills at the Superdome can begin. Read More
New Orleans CityBusiness - Downtown New Orleans will have its first major new supermarket by the fall according to plans Rouses Markets announced today before the groundbreaking of its renovation of the former Sewell Cadillac building at Baronne and Girod streets. Read More
A plan by Domain Cos. to develop apartments and retail spaces in the Loyola Avenue corridor is one of several projects spurred by the coming extension of the streetcar line. Read More
Spurred by the future Loyola Avenue streetcar line, a local development firm plans to transform a sea of downtown parking lots into 450 apartments and 125,000 square feet of shops and restaurants that it calls the South Market District. Read More
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