Perez is thrilled to move forward with its proposed mixed-use development at the site of the former Holy Cross High School located in New Orleans' Historic Holy Cross Neighborhood. The master planned community was approved by the City Council last summer and is set to begin the first phase of construction in early 2016 for restoration of the former school's 45,000 SF administration building.
In preparation for construction, Perez hosted an outreach event for the development project's first phase on July 28 at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Community Center specifically targeting potential local and small business vendors – particularly those qualifying as disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) located in the Lower 9th Ward. The event was well-attended and attracted dozens of area contractors, suppliers, nonprofits, and tradesmen interested in providing services and materials needed to restore the historic building and repurpose it into quality office space serving multiple tenants, including room for Perez's headquarters.
"As a DBE, reaching out to other qualified small businesses is not just important to us, it's one of our core values," said Steven Massicot, Perez's senior vice president/general manager of real estate development.
During the meeting, Perez's construction team provided a thorough overview of the project's scope and timeline, as well as pointed out the building's unique design features. Following the presentation, Perez conducted one-on-one interviews with potential subcontractors and suppliers and answered individual questions about the project.
"As both a resident and small business owner from Lower 9, we believe it's critical to continue to keep the community informed in a responsible and respectful manner," said Patricia Jones, GalCan Electric CFO. "[And] the Perez team demonstrated that commitment at the meeting."
Offering spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans, and just minutes from the French Quarter, Perez's Holy Cross redevelopment program remains sensitive to restoration efforts, particularly as the administration building is the former campus's only remaining structure post-Katrina. The project is registered with the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge, which defines the built environment's most advanced measures of sustainability possible today.