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This past October, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced several developments coming to New Orleans’s riverfront by 2020. In fact, when all of the developments are complete, the city is expected to have one of the largest continuous public riverfronts in the nation, measuring over 4.5 miles.

The developments include renovations, new terminals, and a $15 million public-space conversion of the Governor Nicholls Street and Esplanade Avenue wharfs.

Here are 7 new developments and improvements coming to New Orleans within the next three years.

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1. Riverboat Louis Armstrong

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On Wednesday, November 1, Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans—which owns Paddlewheeler Creole Queen—announced that it would add a second riverboat to its line.

The new boat, which formerly serviced Evansville, Indiana, on the Ohio River, will be renamed Riverboat Louis Armstrong. After undergoing renovation starting in November, the 3,000-passenger riverboat will have four decks of musical entertainment, ranging from Jazz to contemporary pop.

Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans plans to begin operation of the new riverboat in mid-2018.

Rendering of Riverboat Louis Armstrong.
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2. Spanish Plaza Renovation

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This $7.5 million renovation will upgrade the Plaza’s current walking surfaces and center fountain, along with adding trees, lights, and seating. Slated to be complete in April of 2018, the Mayor’s Office announced that the city will retain the original Spanish tile, which Spain dedicated to New Orleans in 1976.

Rendering of a renovated Spanish Plaza.
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3. Four Seasons Hotel

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Earlier this year, the New Orleans Four Seasons Hotel and Residences announced it would convert the old World Trade Center into a luxury mixed-used development. With construction starting in late 2017, this $400 million renovation will have over 350 rooms on its lower floors and 65 luxury condos on its upper floors. The current building stands 34-stories tall.

The upcoming Four Seasons Hotel will be completed in 2020.
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4. Canal Street Ferry Terminal

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A new $37 million terminal that will connect to both the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Plaza and the Canal Street Wharf, is planned for April of 2019. Coming out of a separate budget, the city is also planning a $7.3 million pedestrian bridge for the terminal that will cross nearby railroad tracks. The current ferry terminal will be demolished in January of 2018.

The new Canal Street Ferry Terminal will cost $37 million.
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5. Woldenberg Park

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While the Audubon Nature Institute has added a splash pad, and restored much of its aged plaza over the last couple of years, it has pledged $1 million to repair bricks, add signage and landscaping, and improve lighting over the next few years.

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6. Moonwalk Park

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In July of 2017, City officials and the French Market Corporation announced a $3 million overhaul to the moonwalk promenade between St. Peter and St. Philip streets. Funded entirely by the Corporation, renovations include new walking surface, upgraded lighting, and better connection from the city to the river. While there’s no official completion date, Dynamic Constructors—the awarded contractor—has started construction.

The moonwalk will get several upgrades over the next couple of years.
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7. Governor Nicholls Street Wharf

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This past summer, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the city was in talks with the Port of New Orleans about exchanging ownership of the wharfs from the Port to the city. While no plans on the conversion have been finalized, Landrieu has hinted at the wharfs being used as an extended park. While the city and the Port finalize the exchange, the mayor expects some public access to the wharfs by spring of 2018.

After the exchange is finalized, the City of New Orleans will oversee the wharfs $15 million conversion.

8. Algiers Point Ferry Terminal

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While on the other side of the river, New Orleans RTA has submitted a proposal for a $2.4 million grant to modernize the Canal Street Ferry’s sister terminal. No other details have been released.

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1. Riverboat Louis Armstrong

1 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Rendering of Riverboat Louis Armstrong.
Courtesy of Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans

On Wednesday, November 1, Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans—which owns Paddlewheeler Creole Queen—announced that it would add a second riverboat to its line.

The new boat, which formerly serviced Evansville, Indiana, on the Ohio River, will be renamed Riverboat Louis Armstrong. After undergoing renovation starting in November, the 3,000-passenger riverboat will have four decks of musical entertainment, ranging from Jazz to contemporary pop.

Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans plans to begin operation of the new riverboat in mid-2018.

1 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Spanish Plaza Renovation

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Rendering of a renovated Spanish Plaza.
via City of New Orleans/Dana Brown & Associates

This $7.5 million renovation will upgrade the Plaza’s current walking surfaces and center fountain, along with adding trees, lights, and seating. Slated to be complete in April of 2018, the Mayor’s Office announced that the city will retain the original Spanish tile, which Spain dedicated to New Orleans in 1976.

2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Four Seasons Hotel

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The upcoming Four Seasons Hotel will be completed in 2020.
via City of New Orleans/Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.

Earlier this year, the New Orleans Four Seasons Hotel and Residences announced it would convert the old World Trade Center into a luxury mixed-used development. With construction starting in late 2017, this $400 million renovation will have over 350 rooms on its lower floors and 65 luxury condos on its upper floors. The current building stands 34-stories tall.

2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Canal Street Ferry Terminal

New Orleans, LA 70130
The new Canal Street Ferry Terminal will cost $37 million.
via City of New Orleans/Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.

A new $37 million terminal that will connect to both the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Plaza and the Canal Street Wharf, is planned for April of 2019. Coming out of a separate budget, the city is also planning a $7.3 million pedestrian bridge for the terminal that will cross nearby railroad tracks. The current ferry terminal will be demolished in January of 2018.

5. Woldenberg Park

New Orleans, LA

While the Audubon Nature Institute has added a splash pad, and restored much of its aged plaza over the last couple of years, it has pledged $1 million to repair bricks, add signage and landscaping, and improve lighting over the next few years.

6. Moonwalk Park

New Orleans, LA 70116
The moonwalk will get several upgrades over the next couple of years.
via City of New Orleans/Designed by Perez, APC

In July of 2017, City officials and the French Market Corporation announced a $3 million overhaul to the moonwalk promenade between St. Peter and St. Philip streets. Funded entirely by the Corporation, renovations include new walking surface, upgraded lighting, and better connection from the city to the river. While there’s no official completion date, Dynamic Constructors—the awarded contractor—has started construction.

7. Governor Nicholls Street Wharf

New Orleans, LA 70116
After the exchange is finalized, the City of New Orleans will oversee the wharfs $15 million conversion.

This past summer, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the city was in talks with the Port of New Orleans about exchanging ownership of the wharfs from the Port to the city. While no plans on the conversion have been finalized, Landrieu has hinted at the wharfs being used as an extended park. While the city and the Port finalize the exchange, the mayor expects some public access to the wharfs by spring of 2018.

8. Algiers Point Ferry Terminal

New Orleans, LA 70114

While on the other side of the river, New Orleans RTA has submitted a proposal for a $2.4 million grant to modernize the Canal Street Ferry’s sister terminal. No other details have been released.