New Retail Center for Tulane Avenue

13 April 2009

The new retail center located at 3001 Tulane Ave. is under construction and featured in the April 10 edition of The Times-Picayune. The Domain Cos. chose Woodward Design+Build to construct the new building, in conjunction with Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P. Woodward previously completed The Meridian Apartments for the Domain Cos.

The Times-Picayune

Retail center planned on Tulane

The Times-Picayune

10 April 2009

The development firm behind many of the apartments flying up along Tulane Avenue will begin construction this summer on a 15,000-square-foot retail center along the same strip.

The Domain Companies plans to open 1,200 new apartments by year’s end near Tulane Avenue, a corridor that historically lacked both a residential component and the basic retail offerings that thrive in busy neighborhoods.

The two principals behind the Domain Companies aim to change that with their new retail center at 3001 Tulane Ave. It will sit directly across the street from the Crescent Club, one of their new apartment developments, which itself has retail space on the ground floor.

“Within six to nine months, there will be thousands of households living on this street, and they can’t walk out their front door and buy a bottle of water,” said Matt Schwartz, a New York native and Tulane University graduate who founded the Domain Companies with business partner Chris Papamichael.

The retail center, to be built of brick, stucco and glass, is roughly 70 percent leased. Its future tenants include a dry cleaner, a bank branch, a nail salon and a Subway. A coffee shop has also committed to opening across the street at the Crescent Club.

The development is notable in part for its timing. The recession has prompted many retailers to delay or reduce their volume of new store openings. At an economic forecast sponsored by the University of New Orleans last week, the president of local real estate firm Stirling Properties said retail construction is expected to slide 30 percent nationwide this year, to the lowest level since 1995.

Yet Schwartz said the transformation of Tulane Avenue has created an opening for retail expansion, no matter what the broader economic climate. He also said that New Orleans has not suffered an economic decline of the magnitude many other cities are experiencing….

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