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Infrastructure and Development




Audubon Zoo’s African Lion Habitat expansion

Opening 2019

  • The Audubon Zoo has begun construction on a new habitat for African lions.
  • The new exhibit will be a replica of an abandoned 1920’s-era train station and the design will offer panoramic views of the site along with places for up-close looks at the animals. The habitat will be built to accommodate multiple lions.
  • The project will return lions to Audubon Zoo after an absence of several years.
  • For more information visit


The Fillmore at Harrah's New Orleans


  • Live Nation Entertainment will open a new premier live music venue at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.
  • Honoring the historic traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the new 2,000-capacity venue located inside Harrah’s New Orleans Casino will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, outstanding dining options and friendly hospitality that celebrates the live-concert experience.
Louisiana Children’s Museum

Opening late Summer 2019

  • The Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) has moved the City Park. 
  • The new LCM is situated on 8.5 acres in City Park and designed for Silver LEED certification. The museum will include five interactive exhibits including a 100-foot long mighty Mississippi water exhibit. 
  • LCM will have indoor and outdoor environment elements, including decks, bridges, sensory and edible gardens, a floating classroom and a restored interpretive wetlands area. 
  • LCM has partnered with local restaurant group, Dickie Brennan & Co., for the onsite full-service cafe, Acorn, which will have seating for 165, with half the seating inside and half outside. There will also be a kid's culinary lab and child size booths. 
  • For more information visit
The National World War II Museum's Bollinger Canopy of Peace

Opening 2019

  • The Bollinger Canopy of Peace will soon take its place as a new landmark on the New Orleans skyline. The iconic architectural structure will rise 148 feet above the center of the institution's campus. 
  • During the daytime, the towering bright-white Canopy will serve as a beacon to visitors and locals alike; after sundown, a state-of-the-art lighting system will transform the Canopy and its support legs into a stunning new nighttime landmark for the city. 
  • The Canopy is made possible through a generous donation from longtime WWII Museum Board of Trustees member Boysie Bollinger. 
Sazerac House Museum

‚ÄčOpening Fall 2019

  • Located at the corner of Canal and Magazine and less than 350 yards from the original Sazerac Coffee House, The Sazerac House will be New Orleans' most memorable destination offering an enriching sensory experience that embodies the city's spirited and historic character. Dating back to the 1860's, the 48,000 square-foot Italianate style building was once home to various hat and glove makers, dry goods storage and an appliance store, but left unoccupied for more than 30 years. In 2017, the Sazerac Company partnered with architect firm Trapolin-Peer and international museum design firm Gallagher & Associates, responsible for the National WWII Museum, to begin work to reimagine and restore the historic building, keeping as much of the original architectural details as possible. 
  • The Sazerac House will take visitors through a journey of the history and culture of spirits in New Orleans including the world famous Sazerac Cocktail and Sazerac's roots, dating back to the 1850s. One interactive exhibit features virtual scenarios complete with cocktails and bartenders providing an education on popular drinks found in the city throughout the years. 
  • The Sazerac House will be the first true "homeplace" for the Sazerac Company.
The Seignouret-Brulator House


  • The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) will expand its operations to a third building in the French Quarter.
  • Located at 520 Royal Street, the new campus will include the renovation of a 19th-century structure known as the Seignouret-Brulator Building, with a state-of-the-art rear addition plus a beautiful interior courtyard. 
  • With nearly 40,000 total square feet, the site with house the institution's largest gallery spaces for permanent and changing exhibitions, dynamic interactive displays and a hands-on educational display for children and families. 
  • The new site will also include a larger footprint for the museum shop and cafe. 
  • For more information visit
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion

Opening May 2019

  • In December 2017, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announced a six-acre expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
  • The expansion will feature new sites for sculpture, an outdoor amphitheater and stage, pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery and an outdoor learning environment.
  • It will be free and open to the public seven days a week.
  • For more information visit


Historic Redevelopment Projects Opening Access to NOLA’s Riverfront:


Esplanade and Governor Nicolls Wharfs riverfront development
  • In June 2017, the City of New Orleans, the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt partnered to align the Public Belt Railroads and its assets under the Port of New Orleans while the Port transferred the Governor Nicholls Street and Esplanade Avenue Wharves along the Mississippi River to the City of New Orleans.
  • This agreement will complete the three miles of contiguous public access to the riverfront from Crescent Park to Spanish Plaza.
Ferry Pedestrian Bridge
  • The $7.3 million project will construct a pedestrian bridge next to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, on property operated by the Audubon Nature Institute, and it will connect to a new bus terminal and the riverfront streetcar as part of the multi-modal hub being constructed by New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA).
  • The completion date of this projected is still being determined. 
Moonwalk Park
  • In 1975, Mayor Moon Landrieu envisioned the removal of abandoned port warehouses in front of Jackson Square and the construction of a pedestrian boardwalk with trees and seating along the river.
  • Today, The French Market Corporation has invested $3 million to revitalize the riverfront promenade that extends from St. Peter to St. Philip streets.
  • The project includes additional shade trees and native plant materials, enhanced walking surface, new lighting and improved connection from the city to the Mississippi River with prominence at Washington Artillery Park.
  • The pedestrian only connection between the top of Washington Artillery Park and the riverfront solidifies the “elegant connection” from the Mississippi River to the heart of the French Quarter envisioned in the 2008 Riverfront Master Plan. The connection adds additional plaza space for river viewing.
Spanish Plaza
  • New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Building Corporation are investing $7.5 million to install new paving, a fountain, trees, plants, lighting and seating to celebrate the Spanish Plaza as a primary destination on the riverfront and a world-class public venue and tourist attraction.
  • The original tiles, given to the city by Spain, represent the Spanish Provinces and will be retained along the interior face of the fountain. The renovated plaza will enhance the plaza’s pedestrian experience, enhance the circulation between the Riverwalk and the RTA Ferry, and provide a more functional space for restaurants and other vendors to provide services to plaza patrons.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
  • Audubon Nature Institute recently invested more than $6 million in Woldenberg Riverfront Park improvements. The work covers extensive wharf repairs, sculpture restoration, plaza perimeter repair and landscaping, including 35 palm trees, and a 90-foot linear splash pad that features a variety of light shows along the riverfront in front of the Aquarium.
  • Audubon is planning to invest approximately $1 million in a new project that includes extensive brick repair on the plaza, lighting improvements, more landscaping and signage.


New Orleans is in the midst of a hotel boom with 15 properties having opened in the last five years. Visitors can look forward to several new hotels openings to please every lifestyle and budget, from HI New Orleans hostel accommodations to luxury accommodations Maison de la Luz by Atelier Ace. Read on for the most anticipated hotels.



Eliza Jane Hotel

​The Eliza Jane Hotel, located in the Central Business District, is two blocks away from the French Quarter and a 10-minute drive from the Garden District. House in what was formerly the newspaper offices of The Daily Picayune, the hotel offers elegant guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Magazine Street. Guests can enjoy an on-site French-inspired restaurant, Couvant, and handcrafted cocktails at the Press Room. The Eliza Jane Hotel offers 1,729 square-feet of event space, including an open-air courtyard adjacent to Couvant. For more information click here


Hotel Peter and Paul 

The former St Peter and Paul church and school campus has been restored into a 71-room hotel and event space. The property boasts four buildings that have all been beautifully restored: the school house, rectory, church and convent. For more information click here

In Progress

The Corsair

Opening Fall 2019
Leblanc+Smith, the local hospitality team behind Cavan, Barrel Proof, Sylvain, Meauxbar and Longway Tavern, have added a hotel to their portfolio. The Corsair will be a boutique-style hotel and feature 15 rooms including four suites, a restaurant with seat for up to 120 guests, a pool, pool bar and lobby bar. The hotel will also feature magnificent 13-foot ceilings, original fireplaces and other historic details. Located Uptown at 4125 St Charles Avenue.

Four Seasons World Trade Center

Opening 2020
The New Orleans Four Seasons Hotel and Residences are investing $400 million to renovate and operate the 34-story, mixed-use development. The hotel will be comprised of a 401-key Four Seasons hotel on the lower floors, 65 luxury condominiums on the upper floors, and Four Seasons five-star services and amenities. The property will include two restaurants, approximately 32,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and fitness center, a roof-top pool and bar area, and a cultural museum. A two-story roof-top cupola on floors 33 and 34 will be a public observation floor and roof deck.

Hard Rock Hotel & Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans

Opening Spring 2019
​Located on the corner of Rampart and Canal streets, the 18-story Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans will feature 350 guestrooms, four meeting spaces, two ballrooms and 12,000 square-feet of event space. The hotel is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.

HI New Orleans

Opening 2019
HI New Orleans, the latest development from Hosteling International, will open in New Orleans Downtown in March 2019. The hostel will feature 24 private rooms, 122 dorm beds, a large common space, public cafe and community room. 

Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

Opening 2019
​The National World War II Museum will open the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center in 2019. The hotel will feature 230 guestrooms and a second-floor conference center with more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space. 

Maison de la Luz

Designed in partnership with the acclaimed Studio Shamshiri, Maison de la Luz is a distinctive new guest house from Atelier Ace. An elevated experience of bespoke hospitality that defines luxury as moving through the world with grace. The property features 67 guest rooms, a library bar and a curated concierge service. ​



New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI)


  • NOCHI is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing economic, social and
    cultural benefit through the local and global service industry.
  • The facility will provide education in the form of professional certificatie programs as well as community seminars and classes for locals and visitors, maintaining New Orleans' standing a world-class culinary and hospitality city.
  • Certificate programs in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts launched January 2019.
  • Additional training programs will be developed after launch.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Opening Fall 2019

  • A new, $1 billion world-class terminal complex that will completely replace the current facility is under construction.
  • The new airport terminal was designed by acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pilli, Manning Architects and the Crescent City Aviation Team.
  • The 972,000-square-foot terminal will feature three concourses, 35 gates, improved passenger experience with a consolidated checkpoint for ease and efficiency going through security and an in-line baggage system where passengers will drop off their checked baggage at the ticket counters.
  • Other amenities include an adjacent 2,190-space parking garage and surface parking, and additional concessions located down the center of the concourse.
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Convention Center District Development Project
  • A $60 million linear park development along Convention Center Boulevard is under way, that will include dining, entertainment, retail and people movers. The Boulevard will be landscaped and lit with outdoor seating along the entire length of the Convention Center.
  • This is the first step of the Convention Center District Development Project which will revitalize 47 acres of land upriver from the Center.
  • The project will also include the addition of a "headquarters" Omni Hotel, outdoor performance venue space, retail, residential and dining options.
  • The $557.5 million Omni Hotel will feature 1,200 rooms and is still in negotiation. Negotiations are expected to wrap in early 2019. 
  • Visit for updates.




  • The Link Restaurant Group (LRG) is opening Gianna, an Italian restaurant with chef/partner Rebecca Wilcomb. The restaurant is named after Rebecca's Grandmother, who resides in the Veneto region of Italy and has been a major influence guiding the roots of Rebecca's cooking. 
  • The menu will reflect the rustic style of cooking the team experienced on their extensive travels throughout Italy. Fresh pasta and wood burning oven specialties will be feature from the tiled open kitchen. The beverage program will highlight curated Italian wines along with a variety of imported and house-made Italian liqueurs.
  • Along with partners Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Rebecca Wilcomb, long time LRG General Manager Heather Lolley and Ryan Prewitt of Pêche will be joining the ownership team. 
  • The restaurant is located at 700 Magazine Street at the corner of Girod, on the ground floor of the Kalorama development in NEw Orleans. 
  • Executive Chef/Partner Rebecca Wilcomb, General Manager Brandy Trepagnier. 


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s 50th anniversary
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the historic milestone, the festival has added and extra day to the lineup making Thursday, April 25th this year's opening day. 
  • Headliners for this year's festival include Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Santana, Pitbull, Van Morrison, John Fogerty, Al Green, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffet and many more. 
75th Anniversary of D-Day at the National World War II Museum
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, D-Day. The National World War II Museum will honor the courage and sacrifice of those who secured our freedom with special programming for the special anniversary. 
  • The Museum will offer a slate of programs during the week of D-Day's 75th anniversary, with the majority of the programs taking place on June 6th, 2019. Programs will consist of film screenings, panel discussions, hands-on activities, live performances and ceremonies commemorating D-Day. From Monday, June 3rd through Wednesday, June 5th, there will be tours of the Normandy Galleries, as well as special screenings of the RTB Normandy Film in the H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center. Each night leading up to D-Day there will be a different film featured that will focus on D-Day, culminating in the Museum's newest documentary, Seize and Secure: The Battle for la Fiere
  • The D-Day Commemoration Day programming will be extensive and will kick off at 6:30 a.m. with the H-Hour Ceremonies. Throughout the day there will be special timed activities as well as all-day activities. During the day, there will be lectures, panel discussions, hands-on activities for all ages, as well as special talks surrounding the museum's newest exhibition Guy de Montlaur and featuring the Higgins Boat installation. This special slate of programs will be free for museum visitors. The day will conclude with a special performance by the Museum's Big Band and a special screening of The Longest Day