The Algiers Development District of the City of New Orleans is a special taxing district.

The Algiers Development District (ADD) is a special taxing district (TIF) created by state legislation to promote economic development within the city’s 15th ward. Primary areas of focus for ADD include development of 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


Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)

Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)

Louisiana State Senator – District 7
P. O. Box 50730
New Orleans, LA 70150
Phone: 504-302-3682
Legislative Aide: Winfred Warrick

Troy A. Carter is the youngest of six children. He was educated in the Orleans Parish Public School system and matriculated at Xavier University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration.  Troy Carter has also studied at Carnegie-Mellon’s Graduate School of Urban and Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an Adjunct instructor of Political Science at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He was awarded a Green Foundation Fellow to Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

In June of 1990, than Council member Carter was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYL) to participate in an economic study tour of China as a National Delegate representing the United States.

Troy Carter has enjoyed a distinguished career in virtually every level of local and state government.  In 1991, Troy A. Carter became the first African-American to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 102nd District of New Orleans (Algiers).  He served on the Education Committee, Municipal Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Transportation & Highway Committee and served as the youngest Floor Leader representing the City of New Orleans in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In 1994, Troy Carter was elected to the New Orleans City Council representing District C, which includes the historic French Quarter and the New Orleans Westbank – once again, the first African-American to be elected to the position.

During his six years on the City Council, Council member Carter served with distinction and was a driving force in the renaissance of New Orleans with an enviable record of achievement.

  • District C enjoys the largest decreases in crime rates.
  • Large buses have been banned from the French Quarter.
  • The Historic Treme Villa restoration.
  • The Creation of the Jazz Walk of Fame in historic Algiers.
  • Restoration of Streetcar service to Canal Street has begun.
  • Led the efforts to battle homelessness in New Orleans.
  • Secured more than one hundred million dollars in street repairs, parks, playgrounds and other capital projects for the district.
  • Revitalizing Canal Street through Major Street and Sidewalk rehabilitation and development of the Ritz-Carlton and Canal/Bourbon Streets hotel projects.
  • Development of Wal-Mart Super Center in Algiers.
  • Expansion of Woldenberg Village in Algiers
  • Renovation of Washington Artillery Park and The Moonwalk.

In 1997, Troy Carter again made history by becoming the first incumbent District C Councilmember in modern history to be re-elected without opposition.

Councilmember Carter has been featured in a number of National and State publications.

  • EBONY Magazine, JET Magazine, Kappa Alpha Psi Journal, The Louisiana Political Review.

Troy Carter has received numerous commendations for his outstanding contributions to encourage community empowerment and for his efforts to eradicate urban blight.  In September 1992, during his first year as State Representative, Troy Carter was recognized by the Louisiana Municipal Association, which awarded him the Outstanding Legislator of the Year.  He was also named to the “All Rookie Team 1993” by Louisiana Political Columnist John Maginnis.  During his tenure as a State Legislator, Troy Carter authored and/or cosponsored more than seventy-five bills, which have become law.

Troy Carter is committed to the community and serves on a number of civic associations.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana; has served as a member of the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater New Orleans, and is a charter member of 100 Black Men of New Orleans; a member of the Board of Directors of Touro Infirmary Foundation; The New Orleans Police Athletic League; Total Community Action; a member of theAdvisory Board for Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)and The Light House for the Blind in New Orleans.  He is a Mason, in thePride of Algiers Lodge; a member of the Kiwanis Club; the Lyons Club; association of Public Works Administrators (APWA); The Jugs Social Aid and Pleasure Club; Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club; and is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; a member of theNational Forum Committee; former Executive Officer of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus; a member of the African-American Professional Alliance; and a member of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. He was elected as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

As a Council member, Troy Carter served as Chairman of the City Council Special Development Projects Committee and the Ground Transportation Committee, the Utlities, Cable/Telecommunications, and the Budget Committee. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board where he served as Chairman of the Operations Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of The French Market Corporation, the Upper Pontalba Building Restoration Corporation; the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the

Great New Orleans Tourist & Convention Commission, The Canal Street Development Corporation and the Rivergate Development Corporation.

On January 11, 2016, Troy Carter was sworn in as the first African-American Louisiana State Senator for District 7. Troy Carter is also a successful entrepreneur.  He is founder and President of News N’ Brews, Incorporated, which operated three successful gourmet coffeehouses in New Orleans and Policy & Planning Partners.

Troy Carter is the proud father of Troy Carter, II and Joshua Carter.

Col. Dell Dempsey

Col. Dell Dempsey

Dell M. Dempsey
Col USMC (Ret)

Appointee of Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Daniela Rivero Bryant

Daniela Rivero Bryant

Daniela Rivero Bryant is an Economics PhD Candidate at Tulane University and the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her work relies on economic theory and statistical science to measure resilience, quantify the impact of natural disasters on cities and individuals, and analyze recovery policy.
Before joining the PhD program at Tulane, Daniela was part of the Louisiana Land Trust’s executive team, where she coordinated the statewide disposition and reuse of thousands of Katrina-damaged properties. Prior to that, she used her engineering skills to support the post-Katrina housing recovery in New Orleans. Her efforts as Field Operations Director and later Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together resulted in the reconstruction of over one thousand homes in the city’s most vulnerable communities.

Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

New Orleans City Council District “C”
City Hall, Room 2W70
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1030

Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer is a leading advocate for the revitalization of New Orleans by investing in all of our culturally diverse neighborhoods. As the former Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans, she has assisted numerous elderly, disabled, and low-income residents return to their homes post-Katrina. After accumulating over twenty years’ experience as a non-profit administrator, she was elected to represent New Orleans City Council District “C”.

Her top initiatives include regionalism within the transportation sector, expansion of streetcar lines, and increasing the number of bike paths throughout the City. She is a strong advocate for improving the quality of life of all of our residents and has been a champion for blight reduction and economic development. She has been selected to participate in prestigious fellowship programs including the inaugural Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council as an Advisory Board member, the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI), and the national network of NewDEAL Leaders. She received the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2009 and was recognized with a City Business Women of the Year Award in 2007. In 2013, she was elected to serve as the first chairperson of the Louisiana Intrastate Rail Compact and was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government.

Mark Major (Secretary)

Mark Major (Secretary)

Mark Major (Secretary)

Appointee of the Assessor

Representative Gary Carter, Jr.

Representative Gary Carter, Jr.

Representative Gary M. Carter, Jr. – Bio
Louisiana House of Representatives
District 102
3520 Gen. De Gaulle Dr., Suite 3071
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-361-6600

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Appointee of Representative Chris Leopold, District 105

Paul Collins is a national Healthcare Information Technology Consultant assisting healthcare organizations with EMR Conversions. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Southern University. Mr. Collins began his professional career as a management trainee at Whitney National Bank in 1996 before eventually becoming a business banker in the Greater New Orleans Area. After his seven-year career as a commercial lender Mr. Collins founded real estate investment and real estate development firms specializing in community improvement across Southeast Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina he returned to New Orleans in October of 2005 and assisted the recovery effort providing fiscal management services to the local non-profit industry. He co-founded Collins CPA, Accounting and Consulting Services in 2007 specializing in providing Accounting, Auditing, Fiscal Management Consulting, Information Technology and Tax Services serving both profit and non-profit entities nationally. In 2008, he returned to the financial industry when he accepted a position with Seedco Financial – a national Community Development Financial Institution. Most notably, Mr. Collins managed Seedco’s involvement in Phase 2 of the State of Louisiana’s Business Recovery Grant and Loan Program, the Baton Rouge Small Business Loan Program and the Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center. These efforts assisted small businesses and organizations in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes in recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the BP Oil Spill by providing over twelve million dollars in financial assistance and specialized technical assistance in the aftermath of the crisis. He currently resides in the Algiers section of New Orleans with his wife LaKenya, daughter Taylor and son Paul II.

Senator Jean-Paul “JP” Morrell

Senator Jean-Paul “JP” Morrell

Louisiana State Senator – District 3
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. Suite 221
New Orleans, LA 70126
Telephone: 504-284-4794
Legislative Assistant: Krystal Diaz


JP was first elected to public office as a state representative in 2006, where he served until joining the Senate in 2008. He is a constant advocate for well-paying jobs, quality schools, safe streets, and accountable government. One of his top priorities has been the battle against sexual assault, and he has developed an entire package of legislation to address the issue.

JP’s education includes graduating from Spring Hill College with a degree in Political Science. He later went on to Tulane University Law School, where he was elected as the first African-American President of the Tulane Graduate and Professional Studies Association (GaPSA), the governing student organization over all Tulane Graduate Programs. He graduated from Tulane Law School with a Juris Doctorate and Certification in Civil Law.

Throughout college, JP spent his summers working with the Art without a Roof Program, part of the New Orleans Public School Homeless Education Program, where he taught creative writing to homeless children.

JP began his law career at Morrell & Morrell, LLC, which he co-founded with his father, Arthur Morrell. During this time, he also worked as a member of the Orleans Parish Office of Indigent Public Defender Program (OIDP), serving as the Public Defender for Magistrate Court until his election to the Louisiana State Legislature. Today he is Of Counsel to the Middleberg Riddle Group, a New Orleans-based law firm.

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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