Algiers Dev. Dist.

The Algiers Development District was created by State Legislation in 1992

The Algiers Development District (ADD) was created by State Legislation  in 1992 pursuant to ACT No. 242 (codified as La. R.S. 33:2730.27).
The ADD is a special taxing district (TIF)  to promote economic development within the city's 15th ward. Primary areas of focus for ADD include development of New Orleans Riverside at Federal City, combating blight and vacant property, facilitating road construction and repair and improving the quality of life for residents of the city's Algiers community.

ADD's 2017 Budget may be reviewed here.

ADD's 2018 Budget may be reviewed here.

ADD's 2016 Legislative Audit may be viewed here.

View the Site Map here.

Please note:  The ADD Scheduled Meetings, Agendas and Approved Minutes may be found on the EVENTS Calendar on the ADD Meeting Date. 

Our Mission

Advancing Algiers to be the best…for our residents, schools, businesses and community.

Our Vision

To provide professional leadership governed by the highest ethical principals in the development of a world-class community for Algiers residents, schools and businesses.

Algiers Development District Historic Timeline


ADD successfully saved the Naval Support Activity military base from closure through the nationwide Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process.


ADD Board assumed costs, due to Post-Katrina delays, to keep project positioned for future investment.


ADD signed a 75-year lease with the U.S. Department of the Navy for the former Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans West Bank property.


Officials broke ground at Federal City ceremonially beginning construction. To date, it is one of the largest economic development initiatives in the State of Louisiana.


Officials broke ground at Federal City ceremonially beginning construction. To date, it is one of the largest economic development initiatives in the State of Louisiana.


ADD worked with NOFA, which agreed to run the day-to-day operations at Federal City.


Monies for Federal City started to flow after lease was signed (late 2008).


ADD secured state funds and partnered with the City of New Orleans for two new road extensions into the Federal City complex at Opelousas and Patterson.

December 2010

The President of the United States signed the NSA Fee Simple legislation that allowed the conveyance of the West Bank property to ADD.

July 2011

With help from ADD, Federal City opened the new national headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

April 2012

ADD created the Algiers Development Corporation (ADC), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, to help fund the New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy (NOMMA), a charter school at Federal City for grades 9-12.

May 2012

The new fitness center funded by ADD and located at Federal City was dedicated.

October 2012

Joint Development Committee (JDC) formed to oversee Federal City day to day operations.

November 2012

Ground breaking ceremony for new Algiers Levee Bike and Hike path

May 2013

ADD acquired 118 acres of land on Federal City from the U.S. Department of the Navy, thus expanding New Orleans’ footprint.


Phase 1 of the Federal City project, the Military Phase, was completed which included Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, gymnasium, child care center, parking garage, and new state-of-art 400-seat auditorium.

Summer 2013

Spurred by a motivated Federal City resident, the Federal City Community Garden (FCCG) hosted its inaugural garden build. The FCCG has since constructed twenty-nine (29) family beds where the community can grow their own nutrient rich fruits and vegetables.

October 2013

ADD held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate Phase 1 of the Bike and Hike path, which extends from the Algiers Ferry to the former Todd Shipyard, near Federal City.

January 2014

NOMMA officially moved into a $14 million complex (71,000 sq. ft.) anchored at Federal City and opened their doors to 360 students.

March 2014

NOMMA held a dedication ceremony for their new school building at Federal City.

March 18, 2014

ADD helped to resolve longstanding lawsuits between NOFA and HRI/ECC. NOFA retained two (2) positions on the Joint Development Committee and HRI/ECC agreed to help with property management to assist in the transition of the property through year-end 2014.

April 2014

ADD relocated their offices to the New Orleans Federal City campus, from their building on General DeGaulle Drive.

May – Sept 2014

ADD and JDC worked to select new Developer for the Federal City project.

June 2014

ADD closed on a $1.2 million purchase that transferred ownership of the former Navy Chapel at Algiers' Federal City to Delgado Community College, to be used as a student life center for the college's West Bank Campus in Algiers.

June 2014

ADD announced William A. "Bill" Oliver as the new Chairperson of the Joint Development Committee.

June 2014

Little Learners Federal City, LLC, a class A early learning center for infants through five-year-olds, relocated and opened its doors at Federal City.

September 2014

The perimeter fence surrounding Federal City came down, resulting in a more inviting presence for the community and improved traffic flow at Federal City.

September 2014

ADD and JDC members voted to offer Vista Trust a contract as the new Master Developer to complete the unsecured facility portion of the Federal City project (approximately 118 acres).

October 2014

Federal City hosted 2014 Night Out Against Crime in partnership with the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), and Algiers Development District (ADD).

November 2014

Phase 2 of the Patterson Road extension completed.

November 2014

Federal City Auditorium named the recipient of U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Award, which recognizes a high-performance building that addresses best-in-class business strategies.

January 29, 2015

Vista Louisiana, LLC officially signs a contract to become the new Master Developer for the Federal City Project.

January 31, 2015

Federal City hosts New Orleans Backs the Blues, a community event to show appreciation and support for the men and women of the NOPD.

May 27-29, 2015

Vista Louisiana, LLC, and commissioned architect Steven Oubre of Architects Southwest, conduct a series of Integrated Design Workshops seeking community input.

June 1, 2015

Ochsner Health System takes over as the operator of the fitness center at New Orleans Federal City.

September 22, 2015

Delgado Student Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

September 26, 2015

The first annual Algiers Fall Fest is held at New Orleans Federal City.

December 22, 2015

Federal City infrastructure transfer to the Sewage & Water Board executed.

Jaunary 6, 2016

Entergy service side connections for the electrical power and meters for the Federal City historic buildings completed.

July 22, 2016

Pool at the OCHSNER Fitness Center opens.

September 17, 2016

The second annual Algiers Fest held in Federal City.

November 1, 2016

The Green Park in Federal City, a public park that is available for scheduled events, opens.

Upcoming Algiers Development District Board Meetings


There are no upcoming events at this time.

ADD Board of Commissioners


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Meet The Staff


Kathy Lynn Honaker
Executive Director
2500 General Meyer Ave., Bldg. 415
New Orleans, LA 7011
Phone: 504-367-3331

Vanessa Duplessis
Office Administrator
2500 General Meyer Ave., Bldg. 415
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-367-3331


Bill Garrett
Assistant Executive Director
2500 General Meyer Ave., Bldg. 415
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-367-3331

Message From Your Chairman: Senator Troy A. Carter

Let me begin by saying that it is a great honor to serve as Chairman of the Algiers Development District (ADD), an organization that represents and serves the economic interests of the people of Algiers. Algiers is an outstanding community with a rich history and traditions that deserve the attention of a fully dedicated board. Serving you, the residents of Algiers, is a responsibility that none of us on the board takes lightly. I am humbled by the opportunity and wholeheartedly promise to invest the time and resources necessary to bring about much needed change and progress. My fellow board members will hold themselves to the same standards.

As your new Chairperson, there are three pressing items that I intend to address immediately.

First, I have ordered a forensic audit of all the district’s contracts past, present, and future. We will solicit bids from professional firms to review every dollar that has been spent along with monies earmarked for future expenditures. This information will be made available to the public as soon as it becomes available, as part of my commitment to total transparency. To be clear, the call for an audit follows standard processes and protocols for a transition of this magnitude and certainly does not cast aspersions on past leadership. As leaders in the community, however, we are committed to constant improvement and will hold ourselves to the highest standards as we move forward in serving the residents of Algiers.

Second, I along with State Representative Gary Carter reaffirm this board’s priority to continue the positive track record of successful legislative audits held by the past regime. As a special taxing district that deals with taxpayer money this board is subject to regular state audits and we must continue to be held accountable for every dollar spent and every action we take. The bottom line is that we must be efficient in maximizing the resources available to us in order to make meaningful progress.

Third, I will make it my duty to ensure that ADD board meetings occur regularly in a well-advertised fashion. This board and every action we take will embody transparency. Public access is a priority and public input will be sought. There will be accountability. Make no mistake about it: this board belongs to the residents of Algiers. Period.

I have learned many things in my 25 years of service to the State of Louisiana. Given the constant of finite resources, I have learned that expectations and reality must align. The Algiers Development District is adjunct to many public works projects and, like most public entities, our funding and resources are finite. That is not, and will not be used as an excuse, yet it is a reality we will have to deal with when making decisions on behalf of the community as a whole. We can assure you that this board is 100% committed to the Algiers community, and our actions will underscore that fact.

On behalf of my fellow board members, we look forward to continuing our commitment to the people of Algiers. You are in good hands.


T Carter Signature

Senator Troy A. Carter