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Green Coast Celebrates Year Six

By Will Bradshaw on 18 Apr 2013

In the next several weeks, Green Coast Enterprises will turn six years old, and we have much to celebrate with this anniversary.

First, our labor of love, the redevelopment of Washington and Broad, is substantially complete as of April 5, 2013. The first parts of the project opened last year, but now all four buildings have been turned over, just in time for our sixth birthday. The intersection and our buildings are looking better than they have in years, and we will be planning a grand opening celebration for late spring or early summer. You can read about the project at http://www.broad-more.com. As of this writing, there are over 40 companies who are coming to work every day in the project and two new food service options, Laurel Street Bakery and Three Potato Four will open in the next several months.

Second, we have reached several important milestones in the last year. We have now helped to develop our 500th housing unit, put in place over $100 million in development (we are north of $130 million to be exact), and expanded our expertise in energy efficiency beyond the single-family realm to undertake significant new work in multi-family and commercial energy management.

Finally, we have a number of new staff and partners. First, Stephanie Mezynski has joined our team as a project staff person. She brings significant expertise in construction management, LEED consulting, and design. She is especially knowledgable and passionate about historic renovation, and has expanded our capacity in that realm. Second, Tracey LaFrano has joined Green Coast Enterprises to support our work in historic tax credits and financial management. She brings extensive experience with financial management and finance from her time as an institutional equities sales trader and financial manager for a brokerage. She left that work to earn a Masters in Preservation from Tulane. Third, Jackie Dadakis joined our staff as the Managing Director of GCE services. She came to us from Clean Energy Solutions where she has been working the last three years on the southeast region wide Better Buildings Program. She will be overseeing our energy consulting business, helping to grow it throughout the Southeast. Finally, we have opened a new line of business with Ramsey Green who was most recently the Deputy Superintendent of Operations for the Recovery School District. In this role, Ramsey was principally responsible for overseeing the $2 billion school redevelopment program in Orleans Parish. Prior to the RSD, he started a fund doing multi-family housing renovations, and he joined with GCE to build a residential redevelopment business that aims to develop net zero energy historic rental housing.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013 and another great six years.

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