The renovation of 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd into a 14,000 square foot performance space and community center for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra should kick off in the next 60 days.
The orchestra bought the building in September for $600,000 from Cayman Realty LLC.
The building occupies land that originally made up part of the Dryades Street Market, which dates back to 1849.
Financing from the project comes from theater infrastructure credits, historic tax credits, federal New Market Tax Credits, and a $6000,000 grant from the state.
The project, dubbed the New Orleans Jazz Market, has selected Landis Construction as the general contractor. Construction is expected to last through the end of the year.
Kronberg Wall Architects of Atlanta designed the space.
The concert space will feature advanced acoustics, a lobby area with a bar and a second-floor mezzanine area with additional seating. The performance space will be able to accommodate 610 people, with flexible seating depending on the performance.
The building’s façade will include glass storefront windows. The project will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.