The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority has chosen River District Neighborhood Investors, LLC as its partner in the development of the 39 acres adjacent to the Convention Center (MCCNO
). The project will include new dining, retail, housing, and entertainment options, offering benefits to both visitors and locals. The development aims to make the convention centre more competitive in the event and meeting marketplace, which will have a greater economic impact to the city, state, and region, creating jobs and generating new taxes.
The MCCNO embarked on a $557 million Capital Improvement Plan in 2018 that included the development of the 39 acres originally acquired for an expansion. Studies determined that developing the land into a new live, work and play neighbourhood would make the destination more competitive, satisfying visitors and event attendees seeking different experiences. The Capital Improvement Plan has already delivered a 7.5-acre pedestrian park and other work is underway to modernise the interior of the MCCNO.
„The partnership will make New Orleans more competitive as a meeting and event destination.“
"The partnership between the convention centre and River District Neighborhood Investors, LLC will yield countless opportunities to residents as well as visitors, while having the additional benefit of making New Orleans more competitive as a meeting and event destination", said Convention Center president, Michael J. Sawaya.