development

The Lens
8:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Developer Pres Kabacoff's Plan For Downtown

Standing on Canal Street, Pres Kabacoff describes his ideas to redevelop downtown New Orleans. The parking lot across the street would become a new mall to rival Lakeside Shopping Center. The old Charity Hospital, in the background, would be the home to City Hall, Civil District Court and a neuroscience research center.
Credit Tyler Bridges / The Lens

Developer Pres Kabacoff says he is a man on a mission to transform downtown. If the city center can be revitalized, he says, and the river can be connected to the lake, it would transform the entire city of New Orleans.

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The Lens
8:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Boom And Blight In Mid-City

The more modern house on the left remains a blight on the neighborhood. Becnel hopes the city will demolish it.
Credit Karen Gadbois

The problem of blight in New Orleans has hardly disappeared with the uptick in the city’s housing market. And on one quiet block in Mid-City, a very hot piece of real estate and a blighted home are existing side by side.

Local contractor Pete Becnel sold his renovated D’Hemecourt Street house in 24 hours. Just next door sits a house abandoned since Katrina. The crudely fashioned escape hatch from the roof is still visible.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Serbian Prime Minister Visiting New Orleans

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic (far left) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (center).
Tanjug

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is on an economic and political mission.

The prime minister of Serbia is wrapping up his first visit to New Orleans. The mission is aimed at building trade relations and improving political ties with the United States.

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Transportation
7:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

The newly-repaved Esplanade Ave. As part of the street's reconstruction, a lane in each direction was eliminated and a bike lane added.
Nina Feldman WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Costco Gets Ready To Open New Orleans Store

Costco General Manager Pete Carter checks preparations for the new store opening.

New Orleans is getting ready to offer big box warehouse retail shopping inside city limits. A Costco is to open later this month.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Comebacks

Josef Wright and Greg Ensslen.
Elizabeth Hudson It's New Orleans

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street roaring back from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrollton Avenue.

Plus, we hit the swamps with Lost Lands.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Habana Outpost Restaurant Nears Final Approval In French Quarter

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Vieux Carré Commission is approaching final approval for Habana Outpost.

The Vieux Carré Commission is allowing a controversial restaurant proposed for the French Quarter to move forward. But there are still roadblocks.

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Red River Radio
9:51 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Northwestern State to dedicate $12.1 million building project

Northwestern State University will dedicate two buildings at the heart of its Natchitoches, La., campus today. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state officials are scheduled to be in attendance when the university officially opens the newly-renovated Caspari Hall and the Student Services Center. Combined, these projects cost $12.1 million. They were funded through state surplus revenue five years ago. NSU president Randall Webb said his university was ready to start construction, which was a plus when the state considered what projects to fund.

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World Trade Center Development
7:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

WTC Hotel And Apartment Plan Gets City Panel's Top Rating

The World Trade Center site.
vxla Flickr

The now-closed World Trade Center may be developed into a hotel with apartments.

The shuttered World Trade Center in New Orleans may be reborn as a luxury hotel and apartment complex. The 1960s-era building shaped like an X could be an anchor on the city’s refurbished riverfront.

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Economic Development
9:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

What Will Happen To The World Trade Center? City Meeting Tuesday

New Orleans World Trade Center stands 33 stories high
djnaquin67 flickr

A city committee meets at 3 p.m. today to evaluate proposals for one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in New Orleans. Three developers are vying for the World Trade Center site. Two would renovate the blocky 1960s office tower, and a third would demolish it in favor of a giant funnel-shaped sculpture, or some other tourist attraction.

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