Is the intersection of Washington and Broad a rising commercial hub for New Orleans?
19 Jun 2014
Broadmoor residents, businesses and non-profit groups gathered last week to celebrate the completion of a set of real estate redevelopment projects they see as heralding an urban renaissance around the intersection of Washington Avenue and Broad Street. The announcement that day was that the last of four rehabilitated buildings, planned to be a health clinic, had found an operator for a fall opening.
But Will Bradshaw, president of the environmentally and socially minded real estate firm Green Coast Enterprises, also gave attendees a tour of all four buildings he has renovated in the last few years — the health clinic facing Broad, the Propeller incubator for social entrepreneurs on Washington, the building housing Laurel Street Bakery on Broad and a neighboring building housing his offices, the 3 Potato 4 cafe and other groups.
Bradshaw, small business owners and neighborhood representatives said they think the projects are just a start to what could be one of the city’s next thriving business districts. But challenges remain, most visibly the looming, empty shell of the Bohn Motor Co. building on Broad, a prominent piece of remaining blight.
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