The initiative came from the owners of the Hyatt Regency hotel, which was hit by the hurricane. The hotel has long brought insufficient income, and the question of its reconstruction has been raised more than once. Now, in the face of even more serious problems, restructuring has become inevitable.
Given that the adjacent City Hall and City Courthouse complex, as well as the New Orleans Mall, are to be demolished due to damage sustained during the disaster, Maine, invited by Hyatt International, suggested that instead of renovating one hotel building, build a hotel around it is a whole complex of 8 hectares It will include a renovated Hyatt Regency, National Jazz Center, a new town hall, courthouse, multi-purpose hall and residential buildings surrounded by a park. An underground garage and a shopping and entertainment complex with a multiplex cinema, restaurants and shops will be built under the park.
Thus, the area, which was not the most popular in the center of New Orleans even before Hurricane Katrina, will turn after the implementation of the 750 millionth project into a hub of urban life, given the fact that there will be residential buildings - the main condition for maintaining urban activity on the streets. seven days a week.
The new jazz center is the semantic core of the new plan. It will become a permanent venue for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, as well as a concert venue for touring stars. There is planned a hall for 1000 people, recording studios, a library and administrative premises. It will be a complex sculptural volume with "prominences" of the upper floors hanging over the lower tiers, covered with a steel mesh.
It is also already known that the interior of the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be completely redesigned, its main entrance will be moved to the eastern part of the building, a new banquet hall will be added, and a restaurant will appear on the roof of the building.
Details of the projects for other buildings of the new complex have not yet been determined.
It is important to answer that this is the first non-hypothetical major project to redevelop New Orleans' urban space since the 2005 disaster.