Top Permits issued in the New Orleans area, May 26 – June 8, 2023

// Article originally appeared in New Orleans City Business on June 12, 2023

At the close of the week, permits were granted with regards to electrical services at 609 Jackson Avenue in New Orleans; although renovation plans were formally approved in 2016, the site has not undergone much in the way of improvement since its former occupant vacated in 1979. With roots dating back to 1905, Sara B. Mayo Hospital initially was established as the New Orleans Hospital and Dispensary for Women. Undeterred by an inability to attend Tulane Medical School (because of her gender), Dr. Mayo instead attended the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her practice was the first in the city to allow women to practice medicine, providing free medical services for women and children in poverty. Though Dr. Mayo herself passed away in 1930, the practice continued to grow, eventually relocating to 609 Jackson Avenue in 1940. The hospital, bankrupt, closed its doors in 1979 – and finally, now, the behemoth on Jackson anticipates a new iteration as a mixed use development, consisting of 205 residential units and 14,000 square feet of commercial space, incorporating the existing structure, and supplementing with a nine-story tower. The development’s completion is the latest in a string of adaptive reuse projects, as more blighted sites are programmed back into use.

Under new ownership, the Magnolia Marketplace at 7000 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie is welcoming a new tenant in Ochsner 65+. Its first South Shore location, Ochsner 65+ provides medical services in addition to regular hosting social community events, offering a holistic approach to this latest offering in its wellness programming. Coincidentally, at the completion of its initial construction in 1979, this same suite was first home to K&B Pharmacy, which rebranded from Katz & Besthoff Pharmacy in 1977. Both Magnolia Marketplace and neighboring Lafreniere Park were realized in the late 1970s; coincidentally, at the time of Magnolia Marketplace’ sale in 2019, plans for a new soccer compound in Lafreniere Park were just being finalized. The continued evolution of Magnolia Marketplace and Lafreniere Park stands to mutually benefit the sites, as both properties continue to reflect the needs and interests of its consumers.

New construction permits were issued to 92 Judge Tanner Boulevard in Covington; these ostensibly seem to have been issued to St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection, with whom ownership is currently vested. Located just off the Tammany Parkway (US Hwy 190), between I-10 and Hwy 190, Judge Tanner has primarily been developed by way of LCMC Lakeview Hospital. This issuance serves as evidentiary support to St. Tammany’s continued growth, and resulting need for additional infrastructure. Long known to be one of the fastest growing parishes in the state, St. Tammany’s population has quadrupled in size since 1970, and sustained some of its fastest growth from 2020 to 2021, in keeping with national trends. Founded in 1810, the parish seat resides in Covington, itself the oldest city in St. Tammany, followed by Madisonville (1817) and Mandeville (1834). As St. Tammany’s population continues to grow, the incidence of infill lots, such as 92 Judge Tanner Boulevard, will subside, where programmed for uses complimentary to neighboring parcels, or, as in this instance, utilized to provide public services for its constituents.

Commentary courtesy Elizabeth Novit, associate – retail sales and leasing. She can be reached at or 847-370-1362.



Orleans Parish


  • $3 million, 609 Jackson Ave, St Thomas Dev, Hai Du Nguyen
  • $2.28 million, 1901 Leon C Simon Dr, Lake Terrace & Oaks, Steven M. Ordes, Install complete Electrical for new Hynes Elementary
  • $1.99 million, 2515 Canal St, Tulane – Gravier, Chester Arnell Williams, Electrical work
  • $1.88 million, 330 Loyola Ave, Central Business District, Ready Power, LLC, Installation of emergency generator and other work at multi-story hotel
  • $849,000, 2901 S Carrollton Ave, Marlyville – Fontainbleau, Gibbs Construction LLC, Interior renovation of existing chapel



  • $5.57 million, 7020 Pinebrook Dr, Little Woods, Bret Anthony Duplantis, Installation of 11.60 solar panels on roof of dwelling
  • $1.3 million, 6020 St Charles Ave, Audubon, Miller Construction Enterprises LLC, Renovation of existing house – rear porch and deck
  • $800,030, 5121 Dryades St, Uptown, Install line to generator
  • $600,567, 3509 Constance St, East Riverside, CBA Home Builders Inc, New single-family construction 3,700 sqft
  • $555,000, 8 Richmond Place, Audubon, Shuler Construction LLC, Interior Renovation & Addition


Jefferson Parish


  • $3.02 million, 1617 River Rd, Bridge City, Brandenburg Industrial Service Company, Commercial demolition
  • $2.77 million, 7060 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, Ryan Gootee General Contractors, Commercial tenant buildout
  • $1.42 million, 1440 River Park Rd, Bridge City, RYCARS Construction LLC, Remodeling / Renovations
  • $1.14 million, 700 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, CP Rankin INC, Remodeling / Renovations
  • $850,000, 5600 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, Choate Construction Company, Remodeling / Renovations



  • $1 million, 426 Glendale Dr, Metairie, Fairway Development Corporation, New single-family residence
  • $712,950, 328 Avenue A, Metairie, Shuler Construction LLC, Residential addition
  • $636,360, 400 Hesper Ave, Metairie, Hotard General Contracting INC, New single-family residence
  • $525,000, 1209 Beverly Garden Dr, Metairie, Design Management Group LLC, New single-family residence
  • $469,000, 824 Hesper Ave, Metairie, Daniel Schmidt Homes LLC, New single-family residence


St. Tammany Parish


  • $2.74 million, 92 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington, Voelkel McWilliams Construction, New construction
  • $500,000, 19267 Slemmer Rd, Covington, Voelkel McWilliams Construction, Site work permit
  • $398,880, 100 Bulldog Dr, Mandeville, AshleySmith Construction LLC, New construction
  • $150,000, 4001 Pinnacle Pkwy, Covington, Southeast Industrial LLC, New construction
  • $86,955, 69240 Hwy 21, Covington, PPS Commercial Unlimited, Build out



  • $1.425 million, 206 Mattingly Lane, Madisonville, April Nixon & Reshaud Henry, Single-family
  • $843,000, 5013 Twin River Pl, Covington, Panno Construction, Single-family
  • $662,250, 262 Highland Bluff Rd, Slidell, Ray Beck, Single-family
  • $650,000, 4000 Cypress Point Dr, Covington, YAR Construction, Single-family
  • $495,000, 76841 Bachman Lane, Abita Springs, Nova Contracting, Single-family


Permit data courtesy ELIFIN, which can be reached at 800-895-9329.

Elizabeth Novit
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