David Fuselier, a real estate developer, wants to put a multi-use development that will include a grocery store, single-family houses and condominiums on 10 acres in Algiers Point. The property was once home to a local steam locomotives manufacturer.
The 10-acre site, located at 1200 Opelousas Ave, is the biggest undeveloped piece of land on Algiers Point. Unfortunately, contaminants were found on the land from decades of diesel fuel spills but in December 2020 after the issue had been rectified, Louisiana issued a certificate of completion.
In January 2020 Fuselier and his partners his sister, Megan Fuselier Spiehler; Stuart Coleman; and Andrew
Coleman, purchased the land for close to $3.9 million. They plan to begin construction in the Fall of 2021 and is slated to complete in two years. The partners hired architecture firm Concordia and will hold a meeting with the architect firm and the public for input.
If approved by the New Orleans Planning Commission and the City Council, they plan to build a 22,000-square-foot grocery store with a rooftop restaurant and bar. Although they have not signed with any grocery store tenant, they feel optimistic.
“We’ll have one soon,” Fuselier said. “We’re going to be talking to every local and national grocery tenant we can think of. There’s gonna be a lot of effort put into attracting the best that we can find.”
Plans show there will be 24 lots for single-family housing, 24 units for military veterans and 204 condo units for “workforce” housing priced at 60% to 120% of area median income.
“It’s really targeting people who do not qualify for other subsidy programs … but still need housing,” Fuselier said. “A lot of people are priced out of the market, and we’re looking to bring opportunities for homeownership at affordable price.”