NEW ORLEANS — On Tuesday, March 16, a selection committee from the City of New Orleans shortlisted three finalists to vie for the ability to redevelop the former Six Flags/Jazzland site in New Orleans East. The City put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in December 2020, which closed on Feb. 23, 2021.
The City of New Orleans evaluated each of the respondents based on their qualifications, experience and demonstrated track record of success at master developing similar complex, multi-phased real estate development projects. The overarching goals of the redevelopment, as set forth in the RFQ, are to partner with a qualified master development team to create a coherent master plan for the site that brings blighted property back to commerce and that creates jobs and amenities for the citizens of New Orleans.
The first round of the RFQ shortlisted three respondents, based on their qualifications:
- Bayou Phoenix: This collaboration pairs Troy Henry Consulting and TKTMJ, two local companies with significant contracting, development and financing experience.
- Kiernan West and S.H.I.E.L.D. 1: This team brings together a national real estate developer, which has expertise in logistics and distribution centers, and a nonprofit impact investment team with strong ties to New Orleans.
- Situs Development Collective: This team assembles a range of experienced firms, both inside and outside of New Orleans, across project finance, design and construction.
The second round of the selection process for the shortlisted team of developers will include obtaining more information and clarity from respondents. Further details on the second round, including a timeline, will be available in the coming days and weeks. For timely updates, check regularly at nola.gov/jazzland.
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