Bruno and the Downtown Development Group are proposing a mixed use, luxury apartment building located at 1035 Tchoupitoulas. Granaio (Italian for loft), as it has been named, will feature a two story lounge and restaurant and 18 luxury rental apartments.
The redevelopment project will be lead by neighborhood-based architect, Wayne Troyer of Studio WTA, Downtown Development Group and internationally known designer, Philippe Starck for apartment and lobby interiors, and internationally awarded urban landscape designer, Raymond Jungles.
Bruno fielded questions from community members and neighbors about the project. Questions ranged from who the restaurant tenant might be, to floor to area ratios, and security.
Bruno told neighbors that one of the benefits of the development is increased security for the neighborhood. In particular, the building will have six high powered cameras that follow foot traffic on the street. These cameras automatically follow movement and can zoom out to capture video up to six blocks away, or zoom in to get the details of the license plate.
“We want to make the warehouse district the safest place in New Orleans to live” Bruno told the crowd at the Rusty Nail. The cameras will also connect to the NOPD network and the building will feature a permanent door man.