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New Orleans Redevelopment Fund breaks ground on Lafitte Greenway project

One of several new developments planned for the greenway

This past week, the New Orleans Redevelopment Fund broke ground on its $4 million mixed-use development, located on 2720 St. Louis Street. The Fund expects the Mid-City development to be completed by early 2018.

In September of 2016, the Fund bought the 20,000-square-foot building—which was formerly a Times-Picayune warehouse—for $1.5 million. The purchase also included a 19,000-square-foot vacant lot and a 6,000-square-foot parking lot.

Rendering of the upcoming mixed-use development of 2720 St. Louis Street.
via New Orleans Recreation Development Fund

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund, Albert Architecture, and Hernandez Consulting & Construction are confirmed tenants and will occupy about 6,000 square feet in the warehouse. The remaining warehouse space will be leased to offices, medical practitioners, and food service operators.

“We are seeing this revitalization take shape as folks breathe new life into historic buildings,” Sophie Harris, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, told Curbed New Orleans in a prepared statement. “First in the ReFresh Project and Whole Foods, then the Broad Theater, and now in this commercial development.”

Harris also highlighted that the Lafitte Greenway’s Broad Street intersection is a prime location for development, according to the City of New Orleans 2013 revitalization plan.

This past February, What You Give Will Grow FitLot, a public outdoor fitness center, opened. It holds weekly fitness classes on the Greenway.

Last year, the National Parks and Recreation Association announced the Lafitte Greenway as its 2017 Parks Build Community development, which will add a community pavilion, basketball court, and a playground.