The German organization was forced to move from its Mid-City home on South Galvez Street to make way for the new hospitals. The group purchased the lot at 1700 Moss St. from the state, but they are temporarily located in Kenner.
Tommy Mertz, a board member and Oktoberfest chairman, said while they’ve enjoyed their time in Kenner they look forward to moving back to Mid-City.
“We’re working on plans right now,” Mertz said regarding the new building, “there’s nothing in stone.”
Mertz was at the site Saturday with a few other volunteers trimming trees, clearing concrete and pulling weeds.
“We’re trying to clean it up and be good neighbors right now,” said Mertz.Formerly a Confederate retirement home, Camp Nicholls, and New Orleans Police Crime Lab, Mertz said they will keep the historic marker on the property.
While they are still working on construction details, Mertz said the lot will also be for festival parking to raise money for the new Deutsches Haus.
The non-profit is hoping to break ground at Moss Street in the next two years said Mertz. He said they plan to keep the oak trees and have a lot of green space. The building will offer meeting space for the community and will be also available for event rentals.
“We’re all looking forward to moving over here,” he said, “It’s just a fantastic location.”
Deutsches Haus has about 600 members, according to Mertz, and they host several events each month-from trivia to authentic German meals. Learn more at the organization’s website.