Construction Begins on Historic Buildings at 600 Canal Street

13 January 2014 highlights the Woodward renovation that is currently underway at the intersection of Canal and Camp. The historic renovation will bring residential use to a vacant building in downtown New Orleans.

Vacant Buildings at Canal and Camp Streets to be Renovated into Apartments | The Times-Picayune

13 January 2014

By Katherine Sayre, | The Times-Picayune

Three mostly vacant buildings at the corner of Canal and Camp streets are being combined into one luxury apartment building with revamped street-level retail shops in a $15 million historic renovation, developers said Monday (Jan. 13).

The project by Woodward Design+Build brings together 600 Canal St., 604 Canal Street and 113-117 Camp St. — clustered around a a major intersection of the Central Business District and the French Quarter — into one development with 44 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail. Construction is slated to be finished at the beginning of next year.

The development is branded The Giani Building.

The announcement marks the latest in a wave of downtown apartment projects to meet growing demand as the Central Business District evolves into a more residential neighborhood.

The owner of the property is listed as Canal@Camp Apartments LLC. A spokesman for the owners declined to give more details. The registered manager of Canal@Camp Apartments is Chandru V. Motwani of New Orleans, according to Louisiana Secretary of State records. Motwani could not immediately be reached for comment.

“When The Giani Building opens in January 2015, it will add luxury housing supply to the foot of Canal Street,” Darren Pellegrin of Woodward Interests, the owners’ representative, said in a news release. “It’s all part of the movement to make downtown New Orleans a 24-7 neighborhood.”

The seven-story building at 600 Canal St., which dates to 1889, was designed by New Orleans architects Thomas Sully and Theodore Toledano. At the time, it was the first high-rise on the major thoroughfare, developers said.

As part of the renovation, there will be a balcony accessible from the second-floor apartments. Other design elements include a rooftop cabana and swimming pool and second-story courtyard featuring a plant-covered “green roof,” developers said. Plans call for one three-bedroom penthouse, 33 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units.

The Camp Street building in the project is currently completely vacant. The upper-floors of the Canal Street buildings are also vacant, although the ground-floor retail space is currently occupied, developers said.

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