Louisiana’s the Port of New Orleans approved a plan Thursday (Jan. 27) that will transform a stretch of derelict land along the major cargo port’s Industrial Canal into a posh recreational vehicle park.
According to the Times-Picayune, plans call for the park to feature tennis courts, cabins, a swimming pool and gym. The project also includes an adjoining upscale marina that can accommodate yachts.
The Dock Board, the port’s governing body, signed off on a resolution authorizing Lake Pontchartrain Properties LLC to develop and operate a 20-acre combination RV park and dry dock facility.
The project is expected to cost $7 million, to be financed privately. Construction will begin in May and take 18 to 20 months to complete.
The port is hoping that the property will help to bring attention and business to the underused section of its property. Although there are some active tenants on the canal, much of it is lined with rusted hulks of empty warehouses and abandoned industrial buildings.
“It’s quite a nice added dimension to the Industrial Canal,” said Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans.
The marina will offer a dry storage facility to house 260 boats, 1,000 feet of dock space for yachts up to 200 feet, and a fuel station. The site will also include a restaurant and several two-story rental cabins overlooking the canal.