Commercial Construction Work in The Greater New Orleans Area Rose 40%

Commercial construction work in the Greater New Orleans area rose 40% compared to previous months in March, 2015, and it also increased 39% year-over-year from March, 2014.  Construction contracts awarded in New Orleans totaled to $152.5 million in March.  Office, retail, hotel and other projects accounted for most of the commercial construction projects, and they increased sharply by 66% to $101.7 million in contracts.

In conjunction with the slow and steady growth of residential real estate both nationally and in the Greater New Orleans area, single-family home contracts and multi-family contracts increased by 6% in the same time period to100-hardwood-drive-exterior $50.8 million. Across the Mississippi River from New Orleans West Bank cities such as Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Terrytown, Algiers, Westwego, Arabi, and Belle Chasse have started to see more of the slow steady growth that has been experienced and then accelerated in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, and St. Tammany Parish.  St. Tammany Parish has seemed to lead the charge in new home and existing home sales behind New Orleans, but the West Bank has been slower to recover.

One new home subdivision, located on the West Bank next to Jefferson Parish is the Parks of Plaquemines.  This new home community features traditional and garden home lots and during the first 4 months of 2015 sold 4 lots and two new homes to buyers from other towns on the West Bank such as Marrero, Harvey and Gretna.  Sales at the Parks of Plaquemines have been slower because there are many lots for sale, and builders are building new CUSTOM homes so they are more tailored to “building on my lot homes” vs. “spec homes,” which would be new homes available and ready to sell.

If you are interested in residential real estate in the Greater New Orleans area and would like to build a new home for you or your family approximately 10 miles from New Orleans, visit the Parks of Plaquemines in Belle Chasse, Louisiana next to Jefferson Parish.  For More Information Call 504-364-2350 or E-mail

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Marrero Once Again Is Going to Feature Café Hope’s Local Food Festival

It’s spring in the Greater New Orleans area which means that it must be time for the many spring and summer festivals in all of the surrounding cities – including the West Bank – to make their appearance every weekend. In the spirit of good home making with fresh food and vegetables, Marrero once again is going to feature Café Hope’s Local Food Festival at the restaurant’s location at 1101 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Café Hope not only promotes the growing of fresh food, but this restaurant (with a full-fledged garden next door) cafe-hope-local-food-festalso is dedicated to the growth and maturity of the youth of the Greater New Orleans area. Café Hope trains interested participants on how to work in a professional restaurant environment, opening the door to the many restaurant working opportunities both on the West Bank as well as the city of New Orleans.

This year’s Local Food Festival is featuring a roasted pork sandwich with taleggio cheese and pickled kale from St. James Cheese Company; roasted eggplant salad, from Angeline; hogshead cheese, garnished with cucumber and cilantro from Coquette; Jamaican jerk pork loin stuffed with plaintains and pineapple, from Steamboat Natchez; cochon de lait, from the Rugby Pub; and chocolate or creole cream cheese ice cream, from Creole Creamery.

This event sponsored by Zatarain’s will also include additional food booths, children’s activities featuring a petting zoo, and a car show. Live, local music will be performed by Michael Liuzza, Los Poboycitos and Soul Creole. The proceeds from the event will be donated to Café Hope to benefit the restaurant training program for at-risk youth. This and other local festivals will be happening in Marrero, Louisiana, in the coming months, so check back often for the local news and events from The Parks of Plaquemines.


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The Best of Both Worlds Near Belle Chasse, Louisiana

Visit the 2015 Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans’ Parade of Homes at The Parks of Plaquemines!

Making a decision about where to live in a large metropolitan area like New Orleans frequently comes down to a compromise between convenience and lifestyle. The Parks of Plaquemines, just across the parish line in Belle Chasse, is the perfect blend of both. Only 10.2 miles from the CBD, the atmosphere is a welcome blend of living in alandscaped-front-entrance-2015 community with the feel of a nature preserve and living in a community that is close and convenient to everything that city life has to offer. The Parks of Plaquemines truly gives residents the “best of both worlds.”

The private neighborhood is carved from a wooded area just off of Woodland Highway (State Route 406), minutes from the Intracoastal Bridge. Aptly named for its rustic, organic surroundings, The Parks of Plaquemines features natural amenities like parks and wide open green spaces, as well as man-made amenities. A fully engineered, planned walking trail system surrounds the entire community.  There’s a tot lot playground, complete with tire swing, and a community pool with cabana. The well-appointed, gated entrance and streets throughout the community have lovely finishing touches like matching mailboxes and quaint streetlights. A welcoming and charming curb appeal is evident to even the casual, first-time visitor.

For the homeowner who acknowledges the importance of both the bottom line and the lifestyle, The Parks of tot-lot-playgroundPlaquemines is situated just across the Plaquemines Parish line in an area with lower tax rates, levee protection and excellent schools. FEMA has designated The Parks as Flood Zone C with solid savings on rising insurance rates.  In fact, it’s hard to imagine a better investment and value for one’s home buying dollar this close to the New Orleans metro area.

Under the direction and guidance of Developer David Waltemath (who is widely known for his work in English Turn, The Estates of Northpark and Bedico Creek), The Parks of Plaquemines has a solid growth plan and is an upscale, master-planned community.

The Parks offers two types of home sites – Traditional Neighborhood Lots and low-maintenance Garden Home Lots. Traditional lots come in many different sizes and are suitable for family-sized or estate homes. Views vary from private nature views to water and lake views. Garden home lots are offered together in The Villas section.  All home plans are required to be traditional Southern architecture and must be reviewed by professionals on the Design Review Committee prior to construction.

Garden home lots are priced from the low $70’s to the low $80’s. Lot sizes are typically about a quarter acre.  Low maintenance garden homes range from 2,000 square feet of living area to over 3,000 square feet and range in price from the mid $350’s to over $500,000. These luxurious homes are appointed with gorgeous interior and exterior amenities.


Traditional lot prices range from the $90’s to the $130’s. Homes in The Parks of Plaquemines are tastefully designed, custom homes built by qualified and respected local builders and are priced up to $1 million+. These preferred builders can design and build homes on a lot purchased by the homeowner or homeowners can use their own plans and builder with approval by the Architectural Control Committee.  At the Parks, new homes can be “as big as your imagination!”

So, if you’re pondering the options for a well-developed, aesthetically appealing neighborhood with great lot choices, beautifully crafted homes, and amenities not found in any other subdivisions close to it in Plaquemines Parish, be sure to visit The Parks of Plaquemines.

The Parks will be showcasing a spectacular $1 million+ home in this year’s Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans Parade of Homes. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this charming community. See for yourself the beauty, the convenience, and the value of building or buying at the Parks of Plaquemines. Bring your Realtor, if you like, they’re always welcome at The Parks and they value their long-term relationships with the real estate community.

More information about the best of both worlds near Belle Chasse, Louisiana is available by e-mailing or calling 504-364-2350.

Visit the 2015 Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans’ Parade of Homes at The Parks of Plaquemines!

Greater New Orleans HBA Parade of Homes, May 30-31, 2015


Greater New Orleans Home Builders Association (HBA)
Parade of Homes 2015


Parks of Plaquemines
205 Oak Park Court
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

May 30 – 31, 2015

1PM – 5PM
View the New Home at The Parks of Plaquemines During Both Weekends!


Free Event.

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Read More About the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans’ 2015 Parade of Homes!

Greater New Orleans HBA General Membership Meeting, May 26, 2015

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

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s
2001 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

May 26, 2015
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Ben Johnson, President & CEO, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: Member $30.00
Non-member $35.00

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