The developer of a new $50 million hotel project in Gretna broke ground yesterday.
Harvey-based BN Management broke ground on the 123-room Marriott-branded Courtyard Inn that will be built on an 11-acre tract of land between Whitney Avenue and the West Bank Expressway.
The hotel is the first phase of a larger development on the property, which is situated just over the Orleans Parish line. Future phases will include additional hotels and other commercial and retail activity.
City officials are describing the development as the largest economic development project in city history.
The 12-acre tract wedged between Algiers and Terryton was annexed by Gretna earlier this year, at developer Bui Nguyen’s request. Bounded by the West Bank Expressway, Whitney Avenue and the Donner Canal, the property known as “the triangle” was part of Terrytown. The annexation generated serious opposition from nearby residents, who saw the move as a land grab by Gretna. The process was finalized in January after unanimous approval from the Gretna City Council and Jefferson Parish Council.
Hi-Tech Commercial Contractors, a subsidiary of BN Management, are the general contractors for the project. Construction is expected to take between 14 and 16 months.
BN Management, led by West Bank resident Mr. Nguyen, operates hotels in New Orleans, Marrero, Harvey, Chalmette and Berwick, and it also has a site in the works along Panama City Beach, Fla. The Gretna hotel would be the company’s 10th development.
BN Management’s hotel flags include the Comfort Inn, Best Western Plus, Hampton Inn, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and the Mainstay Inn.