Top Permits issued in the New Orleans area, October 16, 2023

// Article originally appeared in New Orleans City Business on October 16, 2023

Interior work has been permitted to begin at 714 Baronne St., the ground-floor, retail component of 710 Baronne St., itself a 69,000-square-foot redevelopment in the Warehouse District. In addition to the 9,000 square feet of commercially used space, 46,000 square feet on the upper levels are being built out to house 31 luxury rental units, operated by Heirloom, which announced plans to relocate their headquarters to New Orleans in 2022. This commercial space is believed to be the latest in Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurant offerings, in addition to Emeril’s Brasserie, a new, French-inspired restaurant at Caesars’ redevelopment of the former Harrah’s Casino. Lagasse’s concept at 714 Baronne St. is yet to be formally named and announced. Built between 1895 and 1908, 710 Baronne St. formerly housed the Abbott Auto Company, a luxury automobile manufacturer, much in keeping with its Warehouse District neighbors. The edifice itself featured a Renaissance Revival façade, which has been fully preserved and maintained in the redevelopment. Additional stories are focused on the back of the structure, so as not to compromise its architecturally significant fronting. Adaptive reuse continues to proliferate both the Warehouse District and CBD; 710 Baronne St. undoubtedly strikes a balance betwixt contemporary usage and historic roots.

Uptown, work has commenced on the Mercy Hall Redevelopment at Loyola New Orleans. Located at the corner of Freret and Calhoun Streets, the new dormitory hall is slated to house 612 beds (126 suites) and 210,157 square feet across seven stories. Of this, 3,000 square feet is earmarked for community space, 2,000 square feet as the lobby and entrance, and the 1,000-square-foot balance for pre-function use. In April of 2023, New Orleans City Council approved the demolition of the former Mercy Hall, itself built in 1960 as Mercy Academy, and serving as the upper school for female students of neighboring Holy Name of Jesus Parish. The latest iteration, which will provide housing for significantly more students than could be in its previous design, is particularly timely, as an increasing number of neighborhood residential stock has been redeveloped for off-campus student housing. Mercy Hall has been designed specifically to meet the demand for apartment-style living, therefore intending to ease pressure for students seeking this type of housing. Designed by EskewDumezRipple, Mercy Hall is evocative of the Mid-Century Modern architectural style proliferating Loyola’s campus.

In Jefferson Parish, permits were granted to 1500 River Oaks Road West, a two-story building housing several local businesses, boasting additional access and visibility from Dickory Avenue (also known as LA 3154). This area is sandwiched between the City of Harahan, and Elmwood, a census-designated-place within Jefferson Parish, which has experienced a strong influx of commercial development in recent years, both in the way of national retail tenancy, and office space. Elmwood historically has primarily been inundated with industrial usage, though its frontage on Clearview Parkway, lending access to myriad parts of Jefferson Parish, has led to larger-scale retail construction. As neighbor to Elmwood’s shopping corridor, Dickory is beginning to see new construction and tenancy primarily in the office sector. For tenants and property owners seeking entrance into this submarket, the purchase or lease of older commercial stock presents a viable opportunity to achieve proximity to Elmwood’s new development at a more conservative price.

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



Orleans Parish


  • $67.3 million, 2020 Calhoun St, Audubon, New residence hall for Loyola University, Woodward Design Build
  • $6.36 million, 714 Baronne St, Central Business District, Interior buildout for restaurant
  • $1.48 million, 4501 N Miro St, Bywater, Renovation and maintenance work
  • $674,221, 630 Mandeville St, Marigny, Renovation and addition to existing warehouse including 2ndstory dwelling
  • $540,000, 1300 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd Ste A, Central City, Build-out of 8,900 sq. ft clinic on ground floor, Blanchard Timothy



  • $1.09 million, 1134 First St, Garden District, Interior renovation of existing residence, M. Carbine Restorations
  • $742,068, 7401 Onyx St, Lakeshore – Lake Vista, Interior and exterior renovation to single family home, Bostick Builds LLC
  • $409,788, 9004 Pritchard Pl, Hollygrove, New Construction single Family home, DiGiovanni Construction Co. LLC
  • $369,300, 2309 Jefferson Ave, Freret, Renovation downstairs can only be storage with flood vents installed, Power Source Builders LLC
  • $325,000, 920 Congress St, St Claude, Renovation of and addition to an existing single-family dwelling


Jefferson Parish


  • $2.45 million, 1500 River Oaks Rd, Jefferson, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, TASCH LLC
  • $948,868, 4200 Houma Blvd, Metairie, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, Clement Building Company LLC
  • $645,200, 1200 S Clearview Pkwy, Jefferson, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, Ryan Gootee General Contractor
  • $273,245, 4809 Yale St, Metairie, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, Dietz Builders LLC
  • $252,580, 2901 David Dr, Metairie, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, DACP Construction LLC



  • $1.5 million, 224 Rosewood Dr, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, Greg Scarpelli Construction LLC
  • $700,000, 318 Phosphor Ave, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, LH Builders LLC
  • $450,000, 1701 Riviere Ave, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, Gootee Construction
  • $442,000, 320 Arlington Dr, Metairie, Residential renovations, Schneider Construction & Restoration
  • $438,315, 503 Kent Ave, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, J Guillory Builders LLC


St. Tammany Parish


  • $250,000, 2045 Florida Ave, Mandeville, Commercial Remodel, Douglas Cook Enterprises LLC
  • $65,700, East End Blvd @ Lakeshore Blvd East, Slidell, New construction, D&D AV Solutions
  • $65,000, 2040 Hwy 59, Mandeville, Remodel, DKC Construction LLC
  • $28,466, 800 Winward Drive, Covington, Sign, Buras Signs
  • $7,408, 4095 Hwy 59, Mandeville, Sign, Chapman Canopy INC



  • $472,900.00, 15103 Arleen Normand Dr, Covington, Single family, Meier Custom Homes
  • $376,750, 31 Pinecrest Dr, Covington, Remodel, Eagle Eye Renovation
  • $330,000, 28075 Maria Dr, Lacombe, Modular
  • $260,000, 27158 Snead Dr, Abita Springs, Single family
  • $260,000, 19167 S Fitzmorris Rd, Covington, Remodel


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

Elizabeth Novit
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