The Algiers Development District focuses on a variety of community projects.

In an effort to provide professional leadership and promote economic development within the 15th ward, the Algiers Development District has created and facilitated various programs to promote the interest of Algiers and its residents. The programs below demonstrate just a few of the initiatives implemented by the Algiers Development District with the support of its esteemed board of commissioners for the betterment of the Algiers Community.

Federal City has a new name and a new future.

New Orleans Riverside at Federal City

This new name New Orleans Riverside came about as a result of hundreds of suggestions at workshop meetings held by Architects Southwest and ADD in the summer of 2015. A new Master Plan designed by Steve Oubre of Architects Southwest, Lafayette was completed and approved by both the Joint Development Committee and the Algiers Development District in October of 2015.

The Master Plan is more residential than commercial. There are however still plans for a grocery and small businesses to support the neighborhood and surrounding Algiers residents. The residential plan calls for apartments, condos, and single family housing.

The Master Plan may be viewed here.

View the Site Map here.

Federal City/New Orleans Riverside in Algiers

In 2005, the Algiers Development District was successful in leading the way to save our Naval Support Activity (NSA) military base from closure through the nationwide Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process.

Commonly known today as Federal City, the location is comprised of 156 acres with approximately 800,000 square feet of existing structures available for adaptive reuse, as well as significant open space for build to suit facilities.

Since 2005 the project has been a true team effort with the Algiers Development District, the City of New Orleans, and state and local officials united behind one mission: to work together in creating a community asset that creates economic opportunity while serving the retail, entertainment and recreational needs of West Bank and Greater New Orleans area residents. In doing so, the project has become one of the largest economic development initiatives for the state of Louisiana.

The Federal City Team consists of the Algiers Development District (ADD) and the Joint Development Committee (JDC).

Federal City/New Orleans Riverside in Algiers is currently home to:
  • The Marine Force Reserves Headquarters, the 4th Marine Division, the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and the 4th Marine Logistics Group (411,000 sq. ft. of office space with over 1,500 full-time military positions and additional visiting reservists)
  • New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, a charter military school
  • Coast Guard Sector Command
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • 4th District Headquarters, New Orleans Police Department
  • Ochsner Fitness Center Swimming Pool & Expanded Fitness Facility
  • Federal City Child Development Center
  • Federal City Inn & Suites, a 128 room lodging facility
  • Federal City Parking and Retail Center (32,000 sq. ft. & 1,000 parking spaces)
  • Algiers Auditorium, a 400-person capacity Conference Center
  • Several Small Local Businesses
  • Student Life Center for Delgado Community College’s West Bank campus
  • Levee Bike & Walk Path Phase I
Ongoing and Planned Projects Include:
  • Levee Bike & Walk Path Phase II
  • Grocery & Convenience Stores
  • Restaurant & Retail Facilities

 


Rendering of the proposed Master Plan


Community Charrette for residents to provide input on the future development of Federal City


Community Charrette for residents to provide input on the future development of Federal City


Community Charrette for residents to provide input on the future development of Federal City


Community Charrette for residents to provide input on the future development of Federal City


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Rebuild New Orleans Volunteers_Sept. 2013


Marine Corps Facility


Marine Corps Facility


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Road Works

The Algiers Development District is authorized to invest money in transportation projects which benefit the Algiers community. ADD provides up to a 20% local match annually for Urban Systems Funds for projects such as road repairs in the Algiers area.

KABEL DRIVE – In 2007, the revitalization of Kabel Drive was funded by ADD. Kabel Drive has long been targeted as a major economic corridor for Algiers. Its location as a main connector between General DeGaulle Drive and General Meyer Avenue makes it a perfect location.

The ADD also completed landscaping for Kabel Drive and installed “Welcome to Algiers” signs in five of the major entrances to the community.

In early 2007, with a joint effort funded by ADD and the City of New Orleans, the commercial areas from General DeGaulle Dr. to MacArthur Dr. underwent a road expansion from two lanes to four. Now Kabel can easily be accessed as a main connector, as it was always intended.

 

WOODLAND DRIVE (from DeGaulle to Tullis), The project included the removal and replacement of approximately .4 miles of concrete pavement roadway, driveways and sidewalks.
OPELOUSAS & PATTERSON – The ADD also partnered with the City of New Orleans to complete these two new road extensions into the Federal City complex.
INTRA-COASTAL BRIDGE – The lighting of the Intra-coastal Bridge, completed in 2001, has improved safety for traffic traveling to and from the lower coast of Algiers.

ALGIERS LEVEE BIKE/HIKE PATH – The Algiers Development District held three public meetings in late 2010 and early 2011 to discuss and gather public input on the proposed Algiers Levee Bike-Hike Path. Public input was very favorable with 99.9% viewing the project as a positive addition for Algiers and the entire New Orleans area.

The eventual final path, will run 5.6 miles from the Algiers-Canal Street Ferry to the Chalmette Ferry and will be completed in two phases. The first phase (funded in whole by the ADD) has been completed and runs from the Canal-Algiers Ferry landing to the Federal City complex. Phase II will extend the 5.6 mile path to the Chalmette Ferry landing, and is pending work from the Corps of Engineers to raise areas of the Phase II extension that will enable the project to move forward as planned. Additional funding will be needed to complete Phase II.

Planned amenities include neighborhood access ramps, benches, light fixtures, drinking fountains, trash receptacles and doggie waste bag stations.


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The “Keep Algiers Clean Initiative”

In partnership with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Community Day Service Division, the “Keep Algiers Clean Initiative was launch in an effort to complete various projects in the community. The initiative utilizes the OPSO’s Community Service Division two days a week on projects including:

  • Trash and debris pick up
  • Painting the Holiday Drive Bridge
  • Removal of illegal signs and other items from the neutral grounds

The ADD was the first organization to approach the OPSO for assistance from its Community Service Division. By initiating progress in the community, the ADD also helped promote an important service offered by the OPSO for which other neighborhood associations and communities can benefit.

The weekly venture helped to identify projects throughout the community, control blight in Algiers and improve the community as a whole.

One of the completed projects is the sanding and painting of the Holiday Drive bridge. Formerly in disrepair, this bridge is located at one of the most highly trafficked intersections in Algiers and is no longer an eyesore for the community.


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“Bee-utification Day”

The community annually gets together to bring an awareness to the Keep Algiers Clean Initiative. In June of 2010, with the help of the Algiers Charter Schools Association, Algiers Community Members, Algiers Economic Development Foundation, Algiers 4th District Police, Fox 8 News, Kiwanis Club of Algiers –Morning Edition, The New Orleans Hornets, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and Richard’s Disposal, the ADD sponsored the “Bee-utification Day” event.

Bee-utification Day, which was a half day devoted to large community cleanup projects, took place on Saturday, June 12. The event kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with a rally at O. Perry Walker College and Career Preparatory High School featuring the Hornets’ Honeybees and Buzz Patrol; refreshments were served and bands played at the local Community Center. Volunteers participated in several specific neighborhood improvement projects with the first 100 volunteers receiving an event T-shirt. Speakers at the event included Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Rep, Jeff Arnold, Rep. Jim Tucker, Councilman Arnie Fielkow, Councilperson Kristin Palmer and Dr. Andrea Thomas-Reynolds.

Following the Bee-utification Day event, the 4th District Police Department started a concerted effort to issue tickets for littering in the Algiers community.


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