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The World Trade Center at the foot of Canal Street will turn into a Four Season hotel.
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Mapping construction projects happening in New Orleans right now

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The World Trade Center at the foot of Canal Street will turn into a Four Season hotel.
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The landscape of New Orleans is constantly changing.

Several hotels and high-rise housing projects are cropping up as developers seize on demands for downtown living, a $1 billion airport is forging ahead despite construction issues, and the city’s familiar skyline is in flux with new construction and demolitions.

Here is a growing map of the some of the most anticipated developments, constructions, and renovations happening throughout the city.

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1. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) — North Terminal

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900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

After seven years of planning, the $1 billion, 35-gate North Terminal, intended to replace the current airport, remains one of New Orleans’ largest projects. Yet its construction has been plagued by delays and plumbing issues, and it has missed its May 2018 completion date by more than a year.

This October, officials broke ground on a $125.6 million interchange to provide airport access from Loyola Avenue at Interstate 10, but that project won’t be completed until at least 2022.

An aerial view of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Via City of New Orleans

2. New Orleans Children’s Hospital’s $300 million campus expansion

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200 Henry Clay Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

The first phase of a $300 million expansion of the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital began in 2018. Construction is in progress for a four-story tower at the hospital’s Uptown campus that will include two operating rooms, a cardiac intensive care unit, 28 private beds, and a radiology suite.

Included in the expansion are a same-day surgery unit, a neonatal cardiac intensive care unit, a cancer center, a 400-car garage, and a newly designed entrance and lobby.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

An aerial view of the New Orlean’s Children’s Hospital campus. Rendering via Deveney Communication/New Orleans Children’s Hospital

3. Drive Shack New Orleans

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3800 Howard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

A group of developers led by Joe Jaeger bought this building, previously inhabited by the Times-Picayune, in 2016. They then announced plans to demolish the building—complete with its dramatic marble lobby featuring works by Enrique Alferez—to make way for a three-story, $29 million indoor golf warehouse, set to open in 2020.

As part of that demolition, the building’s iconic, seven-story clock tower, designed by architect Edward B. Silverstein, finally came down this October, dramatically altering the city’s familiar skyline.

A rendering of a building with multiple floors and many windows.
Via Drive Shack Inc.

4. Union Passenger Terminal

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1001 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(800) 872-7245
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The transit center is scheduled for $6.6 million worth of upgrades, thanks to a $3.7 million federal grant, $2 million in matching funds from the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Building Corporation, and $943,000 in matching funds from Amtrak.

Upgrades to the 65-year-old terminal will include ADA-compliant platforms and level boarding for two Amtrak train lines.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and wrap by 2022.

Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans includes a main concrete entrance with a driveway and green lawn. Photo by Infrogmation/Creative Commons

5. Warwick Hotel

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1315 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70112

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund bought the blighted hotel across from City Hall and Duncan Plaza in June 2019 for $8 million. The 12-story hotel, originally built in 1952, was abandoned following Hurricane Katrina. A $60 million renovation is underway, and its ground floor is expected to be repurposed for retail and commercial space.

A beige high-rise hotel stands above New Orleans at night. Photo courtesy Warwick Hotel

6. The Odeon

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701 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70113

The Domain Companies have planned a 29-story apartment building in the South Market District that will have 271 apartments. Taking the place of a surface parking lot, this 414,000-square-foot tower will be bounded by Loyola Avenue and Julia and Girod streets. Following its completion, currently scheduled for 2020, it will be one of the tallest buildings built in the city within the last three decades.

A tall skyscraper surrounded by city buildings in New Orleans. Courtesy of the Domain Companies

7. Virgin Hotels New Orleans

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550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

The hotel group broke ground in May 2019 on an $80 million, 230-room development at Baronne and Lafayette streets, adding to a cluster of hotel developments in the area. The hotel will have a Funny Library Coffee Shop, rooftop pool, a gym, and meeting and event spaces. 

Four people wearing red hard hats plunge shovels into a dirt mound to mark a groundbreaking. Photo courtesy Virgin Hotels

8. The Garage

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848 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

This $49 million renovation led by developer Marcel Wizsnia is turning a former parking garage into 51 market-rate apartment units and 11 condos. Its first floor will have roughly 21,000 square feet of commercial space.

A planned parking garage will utilize two car elevators, which will bring residents along with their vehicles to any of its upper floors. The apartment building is scheduled to open in late 2019.

A rendering of the Garage in New Orleans. The building has a white facade with many windows. Photo via OneStop/City of New Orleans

9. Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and Residences

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1031 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Construction on this $85 million project began in early 2018, but a devastating partial collapse of the hotel’s top floors this October, which injured 30 people and killed three others, has likely put the project’s future in jeopardy.

New Orleans officials fear structural damage could lead to further collapse of the building, which, per the developers’ plans, would include 18 stories with 350 rooms and 62 residential units, 12,000 square feet of event space, a rooftop pool and bar, and lounges on the ground and eighth floors.

The exterior of Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans. The building has a tan facade with palm trees in front. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock International

10. Two Saints

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St Joseph St & St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

Part of a downtown high-rise construction boom, developer Marcel Wisznia’s plans for a $35 million controversial “co-living” space on St. Charles Avenue near Lee Circle include 68 shared residential units. Residents in the 140,000-square-foot development would share common areas like living rooms and kitchens. Wisznia is also aiming for a Punch Bowl Social chain to serve as an anchor tenant in the ground floor’s 25,000 square feet of retail space.

A rendering shows a large brick apartment building at a New Orleans intersection. Photo courtesy Two Saints

11. 731 St. Charles

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731 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

A 67-unit condominium in development on St. Charles Avenue will build on the existing structure, which was previously an office building with a parking garage. The additions will include five stories, and will be modeled to face both St. Charles Avenue and Carondelet Street.

There will also be two commercial spaces for sale inside the condominium.

The new units will have one to two bedrooms, and access to a private balcony or private courtyard, a rooftop entertainment area, a swimming pool, and a sun deck. Listed units have between 735 and 1,552 square feet and start at $400,000. The condominium is expected to open in late 2019.

A red brick building. Rendering via Rozas Ward Architect

12. The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

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480 Andrew Higgins Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

The National WWII Museum’s footprint in the Warehouse District has exploded to encompass not just the solemn museum building but also a sprawling district of its own, connected by pedestrian walkways, restaurants, and ancillary museum spaces. Within the district is the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, which features 234 rooms, several ballrooms and meeting rooms, the first-floor bar Kilroy’s, Cafe Normandie restaurant, and rooftop bar Rosie’s on the Roof.

Developers broke ground on the $66.5 million hotel and 22,000-square-foot conference center in December 2017. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in late December, is already accepting bookings.

The exterior of the Higgins Hotel and Conference in New Orleans. Photo via the National WWII Museum

13. Boutique hotel above Rubenstein’s

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102 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

The upper floors of a building housing Rubenstein’s clothing store on Canal Street will be redeveloped into a boutique hotel. The development is helmed by Joe Jaeger and CICADA architects. The store will remain on the ground floor of the the 19th-century structure, intertwining Renaissance Revival and Baroque elements.

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14. Four Seasons Hotel & Residences

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2 Canal Street, 2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

The 33-story former World Trade Center site at the foot of Canal Street is being transformed into a Four Seasons hotel, with 341 rooms and 90 condos. Construction on the $460 million project began in early 2019.

The property was built in 1968 to commemorate the city’s 250th anniversary, and its dormancy has attracted several brands and developers eyeing the tower-like structure and its panoramic views of the city and the Mississippi River.

The hotel will feature two restaurants, 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a golf simulator room, fitness center and spa, and an outdoor 75-foot swimming pool. It’s expected to be completed in 2020.

A rendering of the outside of the top floors of the World Trade Center in New Orleans includes a sunset skyline of the Mississippi River and the city below it. Photo courtesy Binyan Studios

15. Omni Hotel at the Convention Center

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900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-3000
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As part of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s five-year, $558 million capital improvement plan, a 1,200-room Omni Hotel will be developed on what’s currently a parking lot upriver from the Convention Center. Matthews Southwest Hospitality is partnering with developer Darryl Berger on the project.

The Convention Center is leaning on $7 million in public funds to support the hotel’s construction. It is also funding the hotel’s $27 million parking garage.

The Omni Hotel is expected to open in 2021.

A rendering shows a sprawling high-rise hotel adjacent to the New Orleans Convention Center in front of the Mississippi River. Photo courtesy Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

16. Canal Street Ferry Terminal

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In 2017, the City of New Orleans and the Regional Transit Authority announced funding for a pedestrian bridge that will service the new Canal Street Ferry Terminal at the foot of Canal Street near the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Along with the redesign, the new bridge will make it easier for pedestrians to access the ferry.

The project has faced numerous delays following over-budget construction bids, ballooning costs, and redesign plans at the urging of residents and transit advocates.

New design plans for the $27 million terminal were unveiled this past August. The design phase is expected to continue for several months, and construction could be completed as early as 2021.

A rendering shows a glass terminus and staircase for a ferry landing with the word “ferry” displayed vertically in yellow lights on the side.

17. Governor Nicholls Wharf riverfront park

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In 2017, then-mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans to redevelop the Mississippi riverfront from Woldenberg Park to Gov. Nicholls Street, in an effort to connect the existing parkway to Crescent Park in Bywater. The Audubon Commission will control that 2.25-mile linear park. Officials are currently collecting public input via surveys and at a series of community meetings, asking residents for their concerns and ideas for park amenities that range from performance spaces to dog parks.

Design and construction will come from a $15 million cooperative endeavor agreement among Audubon, the Port of New Orleans, and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Convention Center will pay $9 million, and Audubon and the port will each pay $2 million.

A view from the top of the metal stairs leading to Crescent Park looks at the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline.

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1. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) — North Terminal

900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
An aerial view of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Via City of New Orleans

After seven years of planning, the $1 billion, 35-gate North Terminal, intended to replace the current airport, remains one of New Orleans’ largest projects. Yet its construction has been plagued by delays and plumbing issues, and it has missed its May 2018 completion date by more than a year.

This October, officials broke ground on a $125.6 million interchange to provide airport access from Loyola Avenue at Interstate 10, but that project won’t be completed until at least 2022.

900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

2. New Orleans Children’s Hospital’s $300 million campus expansion

200 Henry Clay Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
An aerial view of the New Orlean’s Children’s Hospital campus. Rendering via Deveney Communication/New Orleans Children’s Hospital

The first phase of a $300 million expansion of the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital began in 2018. Construction is in progress for a four-story tower at the hospital’s Uptown campus that will include two operating rooms, a cardiac intensive care unit, 28 private beds, and a radiology suite.

Included in the expansion are a same-day surgery unit, a neonatal cardiac intensive care unit, a cancer center, a 400-car garage, and a newly designed entrance and lobby.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

200 Henry Clay Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Drive Shack New Orleans

3800 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125
A rendering of a building with multiple floors and many windows.
Via Drive Shack Inc.

A group of developers led by Joe Jaeger bought this building, previously inhabited by the Times-Picayune, in 2016. They then announced plans to demolish the building—complete with its dramatic marble lobby featuring works by Enrique Alferez—to make way for a three-story, $29 million indoor golf warehouse, set to open in 2020.

As part of that demolition, the building’s iconic, seven-story clock tower, designed by architect Edward B. Silverstein, finally came down this October, dramatically altering the city’s familiar skyline.

3800 Howard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

4. Union Passenger Terminal

1001 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans includes a main concrete entrance with a driveway and green lawn. Photo by Infrogmation/Creative Commons

The transit center is scheduled for $6.6 million worth of upgrades, thanks to a $3.7 million federal grant, $2 million in matching funds from the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Building Corporation, and $943,000 in matching funds from Amtrak.

Upgrades to the 65-year-old terminal will include ADA-compliant platforms and level boarding for two Amtrak train lines.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and wrap by 2022.

1001 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

5. Warwick Hotel

1315 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112
A beige high-rise hotel stands above New Orleans at night. Photo courtesy Warwick Hotel

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund bought the blighted hotel across from City Hall and Duncan Plaza in June 2019 for $8 million. The 12-story hotel, originally built in 1952, was abandoned following Hurricane Katrina. A $60 million renovation is underway, and its ground floor is expected to be repurposed for retail and commercial space.

1315 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70112

6. The Odeon

701 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113
A tall skyscraper surrounded by city buildings in New Orleans. Courtesy of the Domain Companies

The Domain Companies have planned a 29-story apartment building in the South Market District that will have 271 apartments. Taking the place of a surface parking lot, this 414,000-square-foot tower will be bounded by Loyola Avenue and Julia and Girod streets. Following its completion, currently scheduled for 2020, it will be one of the tallest buildings built in the city within the last three decades.

701 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70113

7. Virgin Hotels New Orleans

550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113
Four people wearing red hard hats plunge shovels into a dirt mound to mark a groundbreaking. Photo courtesy Virgin Hotels

The hotel group broke ground in May 2019 on an $80 million, 230-room development at Baronne and Lafayette streets, adding to a cluster of hotel developments in the area. The hotel will have a Funny Library Coffee Shop, rooftop pool, a gym, and meeting and event spaces. 

550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

8. The Garage

848 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A rendering of the Garage in New Orleans. The building has a white facade with many windows. Photo via OneStop/City of New Orleans

This $49 million renovation led by developer Marcel Wizsnia is turning a former parking garage into 51 market-rate apartment units and 11 condos. Its first floor will have roughly 21,000 square feet of commercial space.

A planned parking garage will utilize two car elevators, which will bring residents along with their vehicles to any of its upper floors. The apartment building is scheduled to open in late 2019.

848 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and Residences

1031 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
The exterior of Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans. The building has a tan facade with palm trees in front. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock International

Construction on this $85 million project began in early 2018, but a devastating partial collapse of the hotel’s top floors this October, which injured 30 people and killed three others, has likely put the project’s future in jeopardy.

New Orleans officials fear structural damage could lead to further collapse of the building, which, per the developers’ plans, would include 18 stories with 350 rooms and 62 residential units, 12,000 square feet of event space, a rooftop pool and bar, and lounges on the ground and eighth floors.

1031 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. Two Saints

St Joseph St & St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
A rendering shows a large brick apartment building at a New Orleans intersection. Photo courtesy Two Saints

Part of a downtown high-rise construction boom, developer Marcel Wisznia’s plans for a $35 million controversial “co-living” space on St. Charles Avenue near Lee Circle include 68 shared residential units. Residents in the 140,000-square-foot development would share common areas like living rooms and kitchens. Wisznia is also aiming for a Punch Bowl Social chain to serve as an anchor tenant in the ground floor’s 25,000 square feet of retail space.

St Joseph St & St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. 731 St. Charles

731 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
A red brick building. Rendering via Rozas Ward Architect

A 67-unit condominium in development on St. Charles Avenue will build on the existing structure, which was previously an office building with a parking garage. The additions will include five stories, and will be modeled to face both St. Charles Avenue and Carondelet Street.

There will also be two commercial spaces for sale inside the condominium.

The new units will have one to two bedrooms, and access to a private balcony or private courtyard, a rooftop entertainment area, a swimming pool, and a sun deck. Listed units have between 735 and 1,552 square feet and start at $400,000. The condominium is expected to open in late 2019.

731 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

480 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130
The exterior of the Higgins Hotel and Conference in New Orleans. Photo via the National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum’s footprint in the Warehouse District has exploded to encompass not just the solemn museum building but also a sprawling district of its own, connected by pedestrian walkways, restaurants, and ancillary museum spaces. Within the district is the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, which features 234 rooms, several ballrooms and meeting rooms, the first-floor bar Kilroy’s, Cafe Normandie restaurant, and rooftop bar Rosie’s on the Roof.

Developers broke ground on the $66.5 million hotel and 22,000-square-foot conference center in December 2017. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in late December, is already accepting bookings.

480 Andrew Higgins Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Boutique hotel above Rubenstein’s

102 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

The upper floors of a building housing Rubenstein’s clothing store on Canal Street will be redeveloped into a boutique hotel. The development is helmed by Joe Jaeger and CICADA architects. The store will remain on the ground floor of the the 19th-century structure, intertwining Renaissance Revival and Baroque elements.

102 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Four Seasons Hotel & Residences

2 Canal Street, 2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A rendering of the outside of the top floors of the World Trade Center in New Orleans includes a sunset skyline of the Mississippi River and the city below it. Photo courtesy Binyan Studios

The 33-story former World Trade Center site at the foot of Canal Street is being transformed into a Four Seasons hotel, with 341 rooms and 90 condos. Construction on the $460 million project began in early 2019.

The property was built in 1968 to commemorate the city’s 250th anniversary, and its dormancy has attracted several brands and developers eyeing the tower-like structure and its panoramic views of the city and the Mississippi River.

The hotel will feature two restaurants, 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a golf simulator room, fitness center and spa, and an outdoor 75-foot swimming pool. It’s expected to be completed in 2020.

2 Canal Street, 2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Omni Hotel at the Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130
A rendering shows a sprawling high-rise hotel adjacent to the New Orleans Convention Center in front of the Mississippi River. Photo courtesy Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

As part of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s five-year, $558 million capital improvement plan, a 1,200-room Omni Hotel will be developed on what’s currently a parking lot upriver from the Convention Center. Matthews Southwest Hospitality is partnering with developer Darryl Berger on the project.

The Convention Center is leaning on $7 million in public funds to support the hotel’s construction. It is also funding the hotel’s $27 million parking garage.

The Omni Hotel is expected to open in 2021.

900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

16. Canal Street Ferry Terminal

New Orleans, LA 70130
A rendering shows a glass terminus and staircase for a ferry landing with the word “ferry” displayed vertically in yellow lights on the side.

In 2017, the City of New Orleans and the Regional Transit Authority announced funding for a pedestrian bridge that will service the new Canal Street Ferry Terminal at the foot of Canal Street near the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Along with the redesign, the new bridge will make it easier for pedestrians to access the ferry.

The project has faced numerous delays following over-budget construction bids, ballooning costs, and redesign plans at the urging of residents and transit advocates.

New design plans for the $27 million terminal were unveiled this past August. The design phase is expected to continue for several months, and construction could be completed as early as 2021.

17. Governor Nicholls Wharf riverfront park

New Orleans, LA 70116
A view from the top of the metal stairs leading to Crescent Park looks at the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline.

In 2017, then-mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans to redevelop the Mississippi riverfront from Woldenberg Park to Gov. Nicholls Street, in an effort to connect the existing parkway to Crescent Park in Bywater. The Audubon Commission will control that 2.25-mile linear park. Officials are currently collecting public input via surveys and at a series of community meetings, asking residents for their concerns and ideas for park amenities that range from performance spaces to dog parks.

Design and construction will come from a $15 million cooperative endeavor agreement among Audubon, the Port of New Orleans, and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Convention Center will pay $9 million, and Audubon and the port will each pay $2 million.