Press Releases



August 15, 2014


Media Contact:  Jasmine J. Haralson

                              Director of External Affairs



NORA Launches

Lot Next Door 3.0 Program


NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is pleased to announce that the Lot Next Door 3.0 Program is now live on NORA’s website.  

Beginning today the Expression of Interest Form (EOI) is available at noraproperty.nola.gov. This form is available throughout the registration period from August 15, 2014 through October 15, 2014. 

Owners of property that share a common boundary with a Lot Next Door 3.0 property may be able to purchase that property. In order to register for the program, interested buyers must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form.  Submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee a purchase.

Citizens without internet access are encouraged to call the Lot Next Door office at 504.658.4422 to complete the form.

For more information regarding qualifications and eligibility please visit NORA’s website www.noraworks.org  or contact the Lot Next Door office at 504.658.4422. 


The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority is a catalyst for the revitalization of the city, partnering in strategic developments that celebrate the city’s neighborhoods and honor its traditions. 






August 13, 2014                                                                         

New Gentilly Walmart Opens to Shoppers

New Walmart provides approximately 250 new jobs, plus savings on wide selection of merchandise – in stores and online


  • New store located at 4301 Chef Menteur Highway
  • Gentilly Walmart creates approximately 250 new jobs
  • Store open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
  • Local Facebook page:www.facebook.com/walmart3167


New Orleans, LA, Aug. 13, 2014 – A new Walmart opened Wednesday, Aug. 13, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 4301 Chef Menteur Highway and is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The store will provide Gentilly residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer Walmart's free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online items that can be ordered on Walmart.com and picked up at the Gentilly store for free, often as quickly as the same day. 

The new store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Robert Richardson began his Walmart career in 1997 as a manager trainee.

“This store is going to bring not only a new shopping option, but many jobs to this community,” said Richardson. “We are proud of our new store and look forward to the community joining us on grand-opening day.”

June 23, 2014

Media Contact:
Veronica Ridgley
Gambel Communications
504-324-4242 | 504-723-0726

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Alembic Community Development topped off the last bracket on the roof in its renovation of the century-old former Myrtle Banks school, which will soon open as a fresh food and commercial hub on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City for community residents and surrounding neighborhoods. The ceremony was followed by guided tours, which allowed guests to view the revitalization of the once blighted historic New Orleans building.

”Alembic is thrilled to have reached this significant milestone in the reconstruction of this beautiful historic building. We thank all of our funding partners and development team members, and look forward to project completion and the opening of Jack & Jake’s Public Market and office space on the building’s third floor in partnership with the Creative Alliance of New Orleans,” said Jonathan Leit, Director of Alembic’s New Orleans office.

Originally constructed as a school in 1910, the century-old building closed in 2002 and suffered a dramatic fire in 2008, which left it exposed to significant deterioration. Alembic Community Development acquired the entire 65,000 square foot city block in 2011 with the goal of revitalizing the historically significant building and transforming it into a mixed-use anchor on the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard commercial corridor. Construction began in June 2013, with an opening planned in fall 2014.

“Restoring the former Myrtle Banks School provides fresh food access and serves as an important economic anchor for the Central City neighborhood,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This investment is not only an opportunity for economic growth and job creation but also an example of the strategic partnerships that are revitalizing our commercial corridors throughout the city.”

The project’s centerpiece will be a 23,000 square-foot fresh food market operated by Jack & Jake’s, Inc., a New Orleans‐based food hub that brings regional food into underserved markets, including public schools, neighborhoods and retail customers. On the third floor of the revitalized building is 9,300 square-feet of office space targeting the creative industries, nonprofits and small businesses, which Alembic is offering in collaboration with CANO. In addition, approximately 10,000 square feet of open space surrounding the building will offer outdoor areas with ample seating and programming to further open the market into the community.

“CANO looks forward to the third floor becoming a creative space where collaboration among technical and creative professionals and artists in all of the major creative industries fields including visual, performing, media, design, literary and culinary arts will thrive, all within the beautiful restoration of this historic school building in one of the city’s most important cultural, business and residential hubs, Central City,” said Jeanne Nathan, Executive Director of CANO.

The Jack & Jake’s Public Market will focus on providing regionally sourced fresh food at affordable prices to the underserved markets of Central City and nearby neighborhoods. The revitalization of the building will also serve as a gateway for a newly thriving commercial corridor on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and will create significant growth-oriented employment opportunities at the food market.

“Jack & Jake’s partnership with Alembic Community Development and the City of New Orleans has given us a unique opportunity to provide access to fresh healthy foods in a market that is reminiscent of the public markets that served New Orleans for many years,” said John Burns, CEO of Jack & Jake’s, Inc. “The market also represents a vital component of a southern regional food hub that connects farmers, fishers, and other local food producers to underserved communities that include schools and hospitals.”

NORA is excited to partner with Alembic Community Development in the revitalization of the former Myrtle Banks School,” said Jeff Hebert, Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. “This once blighted building that many thought could never come back is not only back, but is also a much needed fresh food destination. This is an outstanding example of the projects we support through our Commercial Corridor Revitalization Program.”

“This development has already proved to be a progressive step in the right direction for our city,” said Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.

For more information about the project or Alembic Community Development, please contact Jonathan Leit 504-569-0014 or


Alembic Community Development invests in long-term partnerships in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development, organizational capacity building and community-based planning initiatives. Through its offices in New Orleans and New York City, Alembic has developed a range of mixed use properties in disinvested neighborhoods in partnership with mission-driven nonprofit and for-profit organizations. In addition, Alembic provides a continuum of real estate and organizational development consulting services to nonprofit and small business partners.



August 12, 2014

Media Contact:

Jasmine J. Haralson

504-658-4421 |

NORA Awards 1st Façade RENEW Grant to SoFAB Museum

Facade improvement program to support the revitalization of select commercial corridors


New Orleans, LANew Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is pleased to announce that the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is the first grant recipient of the Façade RENEW Program. Located at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, SoFAB will receive a total of $37,500, a 3-to-1 matching grant, for improvements to the building’s exterior. Once the home of the Dryades Market, the Museum is expected to draw upwards of 35,000 visitors annually to the Oretha Castle Haley corridor.


“The Façade RENEW grant to SoFAB marks the rebirth of the historic Dryades Market building,” said Executive Director, Jeffrey P. Hebert. “NORA remains committed to our commercial revitalization efforts as part of our overall effort to rebuild our City.”


SoFAB will house the unique culinary, culture and history of the South, by offering a Jenn-Air Demonstration Kitchen, the Culinary Innovation Center, a museum shop and Purloo, a full-service restaurant and bar.


“The State is pleased to approve the $2.1 million in disaster program income going to the Façade RENEW Program,” said Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development. “The grants will enhance the economic viability of these important commercial corridors, and this first selection will be a great boon not only for SoFAB, but for all of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.”


“I am extremely grateful to NORA and the State for supporting our vision to return such a historic landmark to its former glory,” said Liz Williams, President of the SoFAB Institute. “We are excited about participating in the transformation of the neighborhood and corridor.”


Façade RENEW is a pilot program in partnership with Tulane City Center and Louisiana Main Street organizations. Funded by the Louisiana Office of Community Development, Facade RENEW is providing one-time, matching grants to eligible commercial property owners located along Bayou Road, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and St. Claude Avenue to upgrade and preserve the historic integrity of the buildings.


For more information about the Façade Renew program, please contact Melissa Lee, Senior Advisor Commercial Revitalization, at or visit www.noraworks.com.


The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority is a catalyst for the revitalization of the city, partnering in strategic developments that celebrate the city’s neighborhoods and honor its traditions.

June 18, 2014

Media Contacts:
Anna Koehl: 504-524.5169 |
Chris Herting: 504-529-5109 |

NORA Signs First Lease Since Launching NORA Green Initiative

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) announces the first lease under the recently launched NORA Green Initiative has been signed. Langlois Culinary Crossroads is the first participant to sign a lease as part of the Growing Green Community Application and plans to expand its local production of herbs, vegetables and fruits to further its mission of highlighting South Louisiana’s cuisine.

The community application for the Growing Green program allows for the leasing and possible purchase of select properties from NORA’s inventory for urban agriculture, general greening or gardening, including the installation of trees, shrubs, flowers and/or other native plant species for the purpose of improving neighborhood aesthetics and/or drainage.

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