Joy Theater Returns to Life; Elementary School Breaks Ground in Marrero

By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor Several projects meant to bring the Crescent City back to its former glory have been launched in the past few years, including the Superdome renovation and the restoration of the Saenger Theatre. Dec. 29 will mark [...]

Several projects meant to bring the Crescent City back to its former glory have been launched in the past few years, including the Superdome renovation and the restoration of the Saenger Theatre. Dec. 29 will mark an important day in the revitalization process, as the newly enhanced Joy Theater will open its doors once again on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.

The facility went through an extensive restoration process, as part of an intended adaptive reuse project, with renovation costs climbing to $5 million. The historic landmark has been transformed into a multipurpose theater suitable for all sorts of entertainment, including films, concerts, fashion shows, private functions and corporate events, the Times-Picayune reported.

Enhancements include installation of a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, a built-in stage, on-site dressing rooms and a flexible seating plan on the first floor. The venue will hold as many as 900 people, according to official Web site information.

In other commercial real estate news, New Orleans City Business reports important progress on the development of the Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts, a 72,000-square-foot facility on Ames Boulevard in Marrero: selection of Construction Masters Inc., a Metairie-based contractor, to work on the job. That will allow construction to begin on the $15.5 million project.

The development, which is slated to be complete by Feb. 20, 2013, will include 26 classrooms, a cafeteria and a media center. Financing was secured through federal stimulus revenue bonds.

In addition, MHN reports that Summit Housing Partners, an owner and manager of multifamily housing, recently completed an $8.5 million makeover of Garden Oaks Apartments, a 98-unit complex in the city’s West Bank.

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