Green Light: Convention Center Board development plans for 47-acres south of CCC

Looking for unique ideas that reflect New Orleans culture and history

Thomas Perumean
September 12, 2019 - 6:41 am

The Morial Convention Center Board wants their new convention center complex to reflect the culture and history of New Orleans. 

The board is putting out a call for the public's ideas and input on what the new complex should look like and feature. 

The new convention center complex is slated for 47 acres of open land on the south side of the Crescent City Connection between the bridge and the former Market Street power plant. 

According to a Times-Picayune/Advocate story, the development has been bantered about since 2015.  At one point the property's owner, the Howard Hughes Corporation was going to build a sprawling residential, tourist and shopping complex with an MGM Grand Hotel-Casino. 

Since then the Morial Convention Center Board has taken over and is looking for a less-ambitious project that will fit in with New Orleans tastes and wants. 

Key to this is a half billion dollar 1200 room hotel and entertainment facilities. 

In June approval for the new hotel was granted and the Morial Convention Center Board is soliciting development plans for the 47-acres. 

The deadline for proposals is October 4th. 

 

 

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