Top Permits issued in the New Orleans area, October 2, 2023

// Article originally appeared in New Orleans City Business on October 2, 2023

Just this week, new construction permits were granted to 2400 Guadalcanal St. Filed by Trapolin-Peer Architects, the project is believed to consist of a 70-unit, four-story multifamily complex. Set within the western boundaries of Federal City, the development is the latest iteration in large-scale construction in the former naval base. Roughly 156-acres in size, Federal City was part of the larger West Bank land parcel given to Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, who would go on to found New Orleans in 1718. In 1849, the United States Government purchased this smaller sect of land, then establishing the U.S. Naval Station in 1901. The base, initially utilized by the Army, was transferred to the Navy in the 1950s, with the majority of its improvements constructed through the 1960s. At its height of activity, the Naval Support Center Headquarters would span both east and west banks of the Mississippi River. In 2011, the Naval Support Center was formally closed, bookending the Navy’s presence in New Orleans. Since its closure, the City of New Orleans has explored myriad options for redevelopment. The construction of this new multifamily complex seems to indicate a viable path toward reprogramming the area.

Red River Bank’s expansion continues with new-construction at 1914 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. A ground-breaking ceremony took place earlier this week, and the bank anticipates opening to the public in the third quarter of 2024. Based in Alexandria, and established in 2019, the bank has 28 existing locations, with three planned within the New Orleans MSA. This latest iteration is based between Bonnabel Boulevard and the 17th Street Canal. Its first location in New Orleans opened just over a year ago, in August of 2022, at 700 Baronne St. The Veterans Memorial Boulevard site was formerly improved with Paul’s Stop-N-Shop, a local convenience store. Regions Bank lies to the east of the property, and Fidelity Bank further to the west. The high-traffic incidence of Veterans Memorial Boulevard has certainly encouraged a good deal of new development, given its connectivity between Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.

In St. Tammany Parish, new construction permits were approved for 77151 Highway 21 in Covington. The site was formerly home to Hope Church, and later Barnyard Pizza + Poboys, and now owned by Ron Cooper, of Just the Right Touch Catering. Chef Cooper founded the catering outfit in 2013, specializing primarily in private and corporate events. The property is located between downtown Covington and downtown Bush, in proximity to the Money Hill Golf Course. The northern stretch of Highway 21 is primarily improved with a mix of commercial and residential property, the former varied in nature between churches, restaurant, small shops and businesses. While the majority of new construction and development seems focused in the denser areas of the North Shore, the incidence of new commercial entities in the more suburban or rural areas of the parish dovetail nicely with rising populations throughout the Parish as a whole.

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



Orleans Parish


  • $15.5 million, 2400 Guadalcanal St, US Naval Base, New 4-story multifamily building using low income tax credits, Brown Builders Inc
  • $9.1 million, 8 Canal St, Central Business District, Construction of restaurant within casino, Tishman Construction Corp
  • $8.3 million, 1717 Religious St, 621 Celeste St, Lower Garden District, Renovation of existing 3-story multifamily and construction of adjoining 3-story multifamily addition
  • $3.1 million, 1300 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd Ste B, Central City, Install water heater into commercial space, Christopher Naquin
  • $3.1 million, 1300 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd Ste A, Central City, Install water heater into commercial space, Christopher Naquin



  • $4.9 million, 1213 Feliciana St, St Claude, Installation of 10.40 kW solar panels on roof of dwelling, Bret Anthony Duplantis
  • $594,000, 21 English Turn Ct, New Aurora – English Turn, New Construction of a 2 story 2660 sqft single family dwelling, Magic Makeover Construction LLC
  • $507,950, 873 Lemoyne St, Navarre, Single family new construction home, Custom Craft Homes Inc
  • $415,010, 1306 Octavia St, Audubon, Single family residential renovation and addition, Adams Construction & Development
  • $399,132, 101 Egret St, Lakeshore – Lake Vista, Structural Renovation of an existing double into a single family residence


Jefferson Parish


  • $2.02 million, 1914 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, Commercial New Construction, Landis Construction Co LLC
  • $1.69 million, 3228 6thSt, Metairie, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, Kenneth Glen Verdin
  • $1.54 million, 3900 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, Tishman Construction Corporation
  • $1.35 million, 3001 22ndSt, Metairie, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, Cox Parker Contractors LLC
  • $1.31 million, 3265 Manhattan Blvd, Harvey, Commercial Remodeling/Renovations, White-Spunner Construction LLC



  • $508,002, 238 E Livingston Pl, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, Gulf States Construction LLC
  • $491,000, 442 Ridgeway Dr, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, Hilda’s Construction LLC
  • $446,682, 712 Helios Ave, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence, A-J-K Renovations LLC
  • $248,600, 3721 Transcontinental Dr, Metairie, Residential Elevate Building, Roubion Construction Co LLC
  • $244,450, 2104 Mississippi Ave, Metairie, Residential New Single Family Residence


St. Tammany Parish


  • $250,000, 71325 Hwy 1077, Covington, Remodel, Douglas Cook Enterprises
  • $N/A, 79327 Hwy 1077 Ste B, Covington, Sign, Stoltz Enterprises
  • $N/A, 1000 Business Hwy 190, Covington, New Construction
  • $N/A, 100 Douglas Rd, Madisonville, Seasonal
  • $N/A, 77151 Hwy 21, Covington



  • $400,000, 74454 Allen Rd, Covington, Single Family, Larry Arnold
  • $342,500, 32491 Hickory Field Rd, Bush, Single Family, CTHomes LLC
  • $342,500, 32533 Hickory Field Rd, Bush, Single Family, CTHomes LLC
  • $341,000, 102 Kendrick Dr, Slidell, Remodel, Darouse Foundations
  • $325,000, 72668 Robindale Dr, Covington, Single Family Integrity Builders


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

Elizabeth Novit
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