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5 developments in NOLA we’re anticipating in 2018

From a six-acre garden to an anticipated renovation

Photo courtesy of the Sazerac Company

Earlier this week, we’ve rounded up our favorite developments that opened in New Orleans in 2017. So what can we expect for next year?

From the West Bank to New Orleans East, developers have proposed and broke ground on several projects—we have a whole map dedicated to these developments. But here are the five project that we’re anticipating in 2018.

Historic Algiers Courthouse Renovation

Historic Algiers Courthouse
Photo by Eric Craig/Curbed NOLA

In April of 2017, the City of New Orleans announced that Algiers Point’s oldest landmark would get an overdue renovation. In 2018, you can expect to see a new slate roof, ornamental metal signage, replacement wood decking, and miscellaneous exterior restorations. Built in 1896, the City of New Orleans coordinated the courthouse’s last renovation between 1979 and 1984.

NOMA’s expanded Sculpture Garden at City Park

The expanded Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden will open in winter of 2018.
Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art/Reed-Hilderbrand and Lee Ledbetter & Associates

The New Orleans Museum of Art will begin its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion project along City Park’s lagoon. The six-acre development will hold a new gallery, amphitheater and stage, pedestrian bridges, walkways, and an outdoor classroom. Expected to open in late 2018, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden will remain free and open to the public.

Robért Fresh Market in the Marigny

Rendering of the St. Claude Robert Fresh Market.
Renderings by King Retail Solutions/

In January of 2017, Robért Fresh Market officially broke ground on its 26,000-square-foot grocery store and its adjacent 15,000-square-foot retail parcel. Officials at the Market expect the $9.5 million development to open in early 2018. The new store will serve as a major fresh-food hub for residents in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.

Sazerac Company’s beverage museum

The new beverage museum will open at 500 Canal Street.
Photo courtesy of the Sazerac Company

Located at 500 Canal Street, the Central Business District will get its one-of-a-kind beverage museum. Developed by Sazerac Company, the museum will showcase several exhibits based on the unique beverage history in New Orleans. Renovations to the 500 Canal Street building, which stands three stories tall, began in 2017. Though, officials at Sazerac Company said it would maintain the buildings tall ceilings, ornate columns, and original wood flooring.

Louisiana Children’s Museum at City Park

Rendering of the Louisiana Children’s Museum at City Park.
Via Louisiana Children’s Museum

Next year marks the completion of the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Opening in 2018, the massive $45.5 million campus will sit near the lagoon at City Park—not far from the planned NOMA sculpture garden expansion. Sitting on 8.44 acres of land, the development will have 56,400 square feet of space. The campus will include five indoor exhibits in its main building and a literacy center, a parent/teacher resource center, and an outdoor café in its South Wing building.