“Mid-City Market is transforming a site that has been, for too long, an eyesore on a major thoroughfare in the Mid-City neighborhood,” said District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry in an email.
A 53,000 square foot Winn Dixie grocery store anchors Mid-City Market, the 107,000 square foot development that sits on Carrollton Avenue between St. Louis Street and Bienville Street. Over 90 percent of the five-building development has been leased, said Goodman, with three spaces still available.
About half the retail spaces are going to be restaurants, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Felipe’s, Pinkberry, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut and Pei Wei Asian Diner. Other leases include Office Depot, an Ochsner clinic, LA Nails, and Jefferson Feed.
“It marks the full revitalization of the Carrollton corridor,” said Jordi Goodman, development associate from Stirling Properties who is managing the project.The development sits adjacent to the Lafitte Greenway that will eventually run from Lakeview, through Mid-City via St. Louis Street, to the edge of the French Quarter.
Goodman said the original site plan centered more around Carrollton Avenue, but through collaboration with the city and other groups, the property was designed to also compliment the Greenway. Goodman noted many amenities are geared toward the Greenway, with multiple terraces, tables, and bike racks.
“The Mid-City Market development is projected to be a $35M-$38M investment into the Mid-City neighborhood,” Guidry wrote, noting the development adds 217 full-time jobs and 151 part-time jobs to the neighborhood.
Originally slated to open early this year, developers ran into a few issues. One over-budget building required a redesign and construction crews also ran into weather that caused delays. Progress is becoming more visible from Carrollton Avenue, however, as construction crews are currently raising metal-studded walls.
“We think we’ve ended up with a great project as a result of all this coordination,” said Goodman.
Tenants will have access to building space two to three months prior to the opening to outfit their storefronts.