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Former Hospital in the LGD Slated to Become Apartments

Uptown Messenger reports that the old Sara Mayo Hospital at 625 Jackson Avenue in the Lower Garden District, long shuttered and covered in (some inspirational) graffiti, is slated to be developed into a 211-unit, eight-story apartment complex with ground-floor restaurants and offices.

The group behind the redevelopment, which is being called Jackson Oaks includes investors The Kailas Company, who previously renovated Four Winds building and the Merchant Lofts and is connected with this long-stalled development on Canal Street, and architect Harry Baker Smith.

The group plans to renovate the building to include 17,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, seven floors of one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartments above that, and a rooftop with amenities including a pool and garden. For the ground-level commercial space, the group hopes to have local restauranteurs as tenants.

The Sara Mayo Hospital was built in approximately 100 years ago, its original buildings were mostly replaced in the 1960s, and it has been vacant since the 1980s, according to the Uptown Messenger story.

· Former Sara Mayo hospital on Jackson Avenue slated for renovation into apartment complex [Uptown Messenger]