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Mixed-use development along Lafitte Greenway uses innovative stormwater management

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The developer has already started leasing apartments

Developer GCE Green Development has transformed the old Tulane Industrial Laundry building on St. Louis Street to a sizable mixed-use development along the Lafitte Greenway trail. This development is one of the first few buildings in New Orleans to utilize innovative stormwater management in its design.

Located at 2606 St. Louis Street, this 32,000-square-foot development designed by CCWIV Architecture has 12 one-bedroom apartments and three ground-floor commercial spaces. Each units comes with stainless steel appliances, and a washer and dryer. Seven of the units will have private terraces. Residents will also have access to both interior off-street parking and bike storage.

All photos courtesy of GCE Green Development

The developer began listing apartments at 2606 St. Louis Street on April 1.

The developer has started leasing apartments on April 1, and we’ve found three of them listed at $1,450/month, $1,500/month, and $1,850/month.

Ironically, this development lacks green space for water absorption—but it does have French drains and several cisterns, which the developer says can hold more than 7,000 gallons of rainwater. The sidewalks along the development are made with permeable material, similar to what’s found along the cross paths on the Greenway.

In the new comprehensive zoning requirement, new designs are required to implement stormwater management systems that collect at least 1.25 inches of first rainfall. This schoolyard in Algiers designed by Spackman Mossop Michaels is one of the first new structures in New Orleans to implement this requirement in its design.

Correction: An earlier version of this article listed Green Coast Enterprise as the developer of 2606 St. Louis Street.