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KeyBank Provides $23.2M Refinancing for 552-Bed Student Housing Community Near Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, LA. — KeyBank Real Estate Capital has provided a $23.2 million Freddie Mac refinancing loan for University Crossing Apartments, a 552-bed student housing community located near Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Hayley Suminski and Amanda Kutia of KeyBank originated the floating-rate financing on behalf of the borrower, WFInvestments. The loan features a 10-year term with three years of interest-only payments. Communal amenities include a pool, sundeck, 24-hour fitness center, …

PGIM Real Estate Provides $10.7M HUD Refinance Loan for Skilled Nursing Facility in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — PGIM Real Estate Finance has provided a $10.7 million HUD loan to refinance St. Margaret’s Daughters Home, a nonprofit skilled nursing facility located in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. St. Margaret’s Daughters Home was constructed in 2013 and sits on the site of the former Lindy Boggs Medical Center, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The $33 million construction of the new facility was initially financed using a capital stack of New Market Tax …

NewcrestImage, Baywood Hotels to Develop Canopy by Hilton in Downtown New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — A joint venture between Texas-based NewcrestImage and Columbia, Md.-based Baywood Hotels will develop Canopy by Hilton, a 176-room hotel in downtown New Orleans. The 14-story hotel will be at the site of the former Oil and Gas Building, which was built in 1959 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014 for its innovative use of glass, steel and abstract geometry in a skyscraper. The hotel will be situated at 1100 Tulane Ave., adjacent to the French Quarter. …

Maverick Gaming Agrees to Buy Eldorado Shreveport Resort Casino for $230M

SHREVEPORT, LA. — Eldorado Resorts Inc. has agreed to sell the Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport, located on the banks of the Red River in Shreveport in the northwest corner of Louisiana. Maverick Gaming LLC will purchase the asset for $230 million. The property features 400 hotel rooms, six restaurants, two nightclubs, 1,400 slot machines, 50 gaming tables and a full-service spa. The transaction is scheduled to close in the first half of this year, prior to or at the same time as …

The Terrible T’s of Inventory: Timing and Taxes

Inventory taxes pose an additional cost of doing business in more than a dozen states, and despite efforts to mitigate the competitive disadvantage the practice creates for many taxpayers, policymakers have yet to propose an equitable fix. Virtually all states employ a property tax at the state or local level. The most common target is real property, which is land and land improvements; and tangible personal property such as fixtures, machinery and equipment. [caption …

Park Hotels & Resorts Sells Le Meridien New Orleans for $84M

NEW ORLEANS — Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. has sold the 410-room Le Meridien New Orleans for $84 million, or $205,000 per key, to an undisclosed buyer. Located near the French Quarter and less than one mile from the Mississippi River, the 23-story hotel features a fitness center and rooftop pool. Proceeds from the sale of the hotel will be used to repay a portion of Park’s unsecured debt. According to Canal Street Beat, Park Hotels purchased the former W Hotel in 2013 for $65 million …

New Orleans Office Sector is in Rightsizing Mode as Tenants Downsize Footprints

With the recent influx of young talent, combined with the area’s thriving economy and renowned vibrant culture, the Greater New Orleans region is poised for growth. Although the office market sector is slow to show any significant gains, this signifies a potential undervalued opportunity for users. The metro area has nearly 20 million square feet of office space, including over 11 million square feet of Class A space with a published occupancy rate exceeding 87 percent. The predominant …

Tight Multifamily Occupancy in New Orleans Leads to 2,285 Units in the Pipeline

New Orleans (also known as Crescent City, The Big Easy and NOLA) is unique in many ways. The cuisine, architecture and music all set the city apart, but for the real estate industry, the geography is most important. In fact, it’s uniqueness among the great Southern cities is that the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the wetlands to the east and west have created a barrier to entry unlike any other multifamily market in the country. These factors have limited development to a select …

Owner of Metro New Orleans Mall to Start $100M Redevelopment, Adding Office Space and Apartments

METAIRIE, LA. — The Richards family, the longtime owner and operator of Clearview Shopping Center in Metairie, has unveiled plans to transform the 700,000-square-foot regional mall into a mixed-use destination. Located at 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., the new Clearview City Center sits on a 35-acre site approximately six miles northwest of downtown New Orleans. The $100 million project will add a hotel, 260 upscale apartments, open-air restaurants with rooftop seating, 100,000 square feet …

Carpenter & Co., Woodward to Open 341-Room Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Developers Carpenter & Co. Inc. and Woodward Interests LLC will open a 341-room Four Seasons hotel in New Orleans. The property will also include 92 private residences on the top floors of the building. The project is a redevelopment of the 33-story World Trade Center office building. Completion is slated for late 2020. Two Canal Owner LLC, in which both developers are partners, will own the building. The first Four Seasons in New Orleans, the property will be situated …

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