Construction and Development for Commercial and Retail Shops in New Orleans East

Residents of the West Bank may soon have something new to do on a summer afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, if Tipitina’s owner Roland von Kurnatowski and his business partner, Eric George have anything to say about it.  They are currently in negotiations to develop and construct a new water park and outdoor music venue on the 4.5-acre plot of land on Lake Pontchartrain in eastern New Orleans.  This acreage is where the Bally’s Riverboat Casino stood for many years before Hurricane Katrina forced it to close and move out of the state. The venue will not only sport the water park and outdoor amphitheater – designed to seat a 5,000 capacity – but there will also be construction and development for commercial and retail shops and venues on the west side of the proposed site.  At the south end of the lakefront development, there could be a two-story building with room for a community market downstairs and a restaurant on the second floor.


The construction project has been the brainchild of Studio Network-Lakefront LLC, which is the company created by Tipitina’s owner and Dr. Eric George, a prominent New Orleans orthopedic surgeon.  These men have a vested interest in the culture and heritage of New Orleans because they also purchased the Orpheum Theater last year and immediately began renovations on the structure to bring it back to its former glory.  They pledged to put a total of $13 million into that project.  Since construction on this building in New Orleans is moving along as scheduled, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has agreed to start performing there when the theater is completed later in the year.  So, complete renovations and seemingly impossible construction projects seems to be this pair’s forte, and New Orleans East’s lakeshore are will benefit from their expertise.

The history behind this 4.5-acre plot of lakefront land is that nothing was done to restore it once Hurricane Katrina destroyed it.  With the “separation of powers,” in 2010 which created an actual Levee Authority which would oversee all properties along the levees, the land was assessed as hopeless because of the cost of the taxes and the deterioration of the property.  Once this was realized, this and other properties were offered to the public for bids.  The only bid on this property was from Studio Network-Lakefront, LLC.  Their proposed project would be named Tipitina’s Festival Park and would include the following:

  • An outdoor amphitheater with a 5,000 capacity
  • A lazy river and splash park
  • Water slides and zip lines
  • A two-story, covered boardwalk with shops
  • The conversion of the old riverboat terminal into an open-air market

Development and construction in New Orleans is always welcome especially after Hurricane Katrina, but it is enlightening and encouraging to have such an innovative concept introduced by Tipitina’s owner and his business partner who seem to have a soul-reaching interest in rebuilding and renovating New Orleans East on the lakefront of Lake Pontchartrain.

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Greater New Orleans HBA General Membership Meeting, February 24, 2015

downloadGreater New Orleans (GNO) Home Builders Association (HBA)
February, 2015
 General Membership Meeting

3645 N. I-10 Service Rd.
Metairie, LA 70002

February 24, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Members of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Economic Development will present on the available land in the resource-rich parish.

Cost: Member $20.00
Non-member $30.00

For More Information Contact Lauren Galliano

Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns -February, 2015


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
250 West Park Avenue
Eunice, LA 70535

At Liberty Theater next door to center. Live Cajun and zydeco music.

Every Saturday in February, 2015
– 7:30PM

February 7, 2015
February 14, 2015
February 21, 2015
February 28, 2015


Call the Theater at 337-457-7389 for Ticket Information.


Battle of New Orleans Talk – February, 2015


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Battle of New Orleans Talk

Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery
8606 West St. Bernard Hwy.
Chalmette, LA 70043

Discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans on the battlefield where it happened. Time is approximate; talk takes place when Creole Queen excursion boat arrives.

Tuesday – Saturday – February, 2015
This Is a Free Event.

Call 504-281-0510 or Visit Here to Learn More Information.

Wetland Walk – February, 2015


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Wetland Walk

Barataria Preserve
6588 Barataria Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072

Explore wild Louisiana on a ranger-guided walk through swamp and marsh.

Wednesday- Sunday -February, 2015
This Tour is Free.

Call 504-689-3690 ext. 10 or Visit Here to Learn More Information.