Plans for a new $100 million mixed-use development complex, which would include a fitness center, a boutique hotel and 300 units of housing, are underway in Mid-City, according to several reports and a building proposal.
The site is planned for an area of land behind the Rouse’s Supermarket on Carrollton Avenue. The organization behind the complex, Better + Boulder, Inc., was founded by Ryan Donegan, a former squash player who hopes to bring his love of the sport to a wider audience in New Orleans, according to an article in Biz New Orleans.
The development would sit on 8.6 acres of land, span over 374,000 square feet and include eight international singles Squash courts and hardball doubles courts, a climbing court and additional strength and fitness facilities. Plans for the complex also call for a spa, restaurants and cafes, rooftop gardens, a theater, demonstration kitchens and more.
“As a city, we want to be fitter and healthier, but would rather those pursuits be more diverse, social and fun,” reads the development proposal, uploaded in video format on YouTube.
The center doesn’t just focus on health and fitness. According to the proposal, Donegan wants the development to house a charter school, mixed-use officing and a technology incubator space.
The proposal also lauds the site’s location, which is near the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile bike path and park that spans from the French Quarter to Mid-City. The park is slated to open this spring.
“The Lafitte Greenway runs through our site, bolstering potential foot traffic and urging a development with the utmost in walk-ability,” the proposal reads.
According to proposals, the Better + Boulder’s village will embrace the architectural heritage of the Mid-City neighborhood.
Membership at the gym would cost about $90 and could be open within two years, according to a report in The New Orleans Advocate.
The article reports that Donegan waiting for the City Council to finalize the city’s new comprehensive zoning ordinance, a process that could be completed by the end of the month.
Donegan played squash at Brother Martin High School and later at Dartmouth College, according to reports. He was a four-time All-America honoree and ranked internationally by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) as one of the Top 100 Squash Players in the world.