Federal City

The Opportunity

Federal City is a public-private mixed-use development located on the former Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans, West Bank property in the Algiers historic district of New Orleans. The development is comprised of 156 acres and offers a mix of administrative, commercial, R&D, residential, and recreational opportunities. The property has approximately 800,000 square feet of existing structures available for adaptive reuse, as well as significant open space for build to suit facilities.

Federal City, when fully developed, is envisioned to consist of over 100,000 square feet of office space, 375,000 square feet of retail, 350,000 square feet of civic and educational buildings, 150 hotel rooms, 1,400 residential units, and will create an estimated 10,000 jobs. The project represents one of the largest redevelopment investments by the State of Louisiana.


Federal City is currently home to:

  • The Marine Force Reserves Headquarters, the 4th Marine Division, the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and the 4th Marine Logistics Group (411,000 sq. ft. of office space with over 1,500 full-time military positions and additional visiting reservists)
  • New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, a charter military school
  • Coast Guard Sector Command
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • 4th District Headquarters, New Orleans Police Department
  • YMCA West Bank Fitness Center
  • Federal City Child Development Center
  • Federal City Inn & Suites, a 128 room lodging facility
  • Federal City Parking and Retail Center (32,000 sq. ft. & 1,000 parking spaces)
  • Federal City Auditorium, a 400-person capacity Conference Center
  • Maxwell Worthington, an IT company located in the former Navy Data Center
  • Several Small Local Businesses
  • Adjacent Delgado Community College

Currently Ongoing and Planned Projects:

  • YMCA Swimming Pool & Expanded Fitness Facility
  • Levee Bike & Walk Path
  • Grocery & Convenience Stores
  • Restaurant & Retail Facilities
  • Delgado College Expansion
  • Hotel/Lodging Expansion

The Optimum Location

Federal City is located in the Algiers District, the only part of New Orleans that is on the Mississippi River's West Bank. It is also directly across from and less than two miles east of the Central Business District (CBD) and French Quarter of New Orleans, along State Highway 90. It has convenient access to major interstate highways, railheads, the Mississippi River, and the international airport. 

Algiers Point is connected to the CBD by a ferry and interstate toll free bridge. Public buses run routes both within Algiers and over the Crescent City Connection bridge, connecting Algiers with the CBD. Most land uses in Algiers are residential with some neighborhood retail, commerce, and light industrial uses. 

Federal City is located on one of the highest points in New Orleans and is above the 100-year flood plain. Due to the $15 billion of protection features constructed since Hurricane Katrina and the tailored facilities on the Secured Compound, Federal City is one of the most capable places for sustaining operations after a natural or manmade disaster.


Background

Federal City broke ground in September of 2008 when the Department of the Navy and the Algiers Development District (ADD), a special taxing district created by State legislation, signed a 75-year lease in September 2008 for the West Bank property. In December 2010, the President of the United States signed the NSA West Bank Fee Simple legislation. This legislation envisioned the conveyance of the West Bank property to ADD, with the exception of the 30-acre Secured Compound. The Federal City Fee Simple transfer to ADD took place in May 2013. 

ADD is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana empowered to undertake redevelopment using State resources, bond revenues, and tax increment financing (TIF) for property taxes authorized by the City of New Orleans. ADD was also designated as the local redevelopment authority for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) realignment purposes. Subsequently, ADD and New Orleans Federal Alliance (NOFA), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, created the Joint Development Committee (JDC) to oversee the project. ADD, NOFA, and JDC are fully committed to the overall redevelopment of Federal City. In addition to the $150 million committed to the development of Federal City, ADD, the City, and the State have made significant investments in the infrastructure, including new streets and facilities.

The Development Benefits

  • Federal City is strongly supported by the State, City, and the entire Louisiana Congressional Delegation
  • Major post-Katrina economic development project
  • $150M of State funds committed to date to site redevelopment
  • State of the art facilities designed to accommodate thousands of Public and Private Sector workers
  • A smart-design plans and configurations
  • Philosophy of neighborhood integration and coordination, to achieve a contemporary architectural expression that brings to the development a sense of security and a healthy quality of life
  • “Zone-based” design that allows for various levels of security and access for secure government or corporate operations
  • Latest high-tech & cost-effective energy, maintenance, support services, and facilities
  • Latest hurricane and flood protections
  • Abundance of free parking


In recent years, New Orleans has been experiencing a significant growth of the tech sector. Forbes recently ranked New Orleans the #1 city for IT job growth, and Manpower ranked New Orleans as the #2 labor market in the country. There are over 75,000 students enrolled in the region’s 29 two-and four-year institutions, which continue to provide a growing educated workforce for our regional businesses. A variety of large oil and gas companies, government organizations, and a large business community provide a significant pool of highly trained IT workers in the region.Neighboring Delgado Community College provides work force training that can be tailored to specific needs to keep workers current in their fields or to upgrade their skills. The Federal City development is an innovative urban renewal development capable of providing any tenant with the best in green energy efficiency, security, operational effectiveness, and quality of life amenities.