New Orleans River District

Tara Hernandez, President of JCH Properties

Thanks to GNOEA member George Messing, Owner Messina’s Catering, for hosting this week’s networking event for GNOEA members at the The Basin St. Station!

Ms. Hernandez, is president of JCH Properties, a real estate investment, consulting and development company that specializes in delivering urban lifestyle experiences through the conversion of underutilized real estate into “cool”, creative spaces. The firm is part of a team developing a new neighborhood on the New Orleans riverfront known as the River District.

Tara shared the master plan and vision of the River District concept. This new “neighborhood” will incorporate an area for sports and entertainment, retail with food and beverage, office space, a boutique hotel, a park, multi family housing (condos/rentals) appropriately priced for hospitality industry workers. The idea is to create a multifunctional space to attract tourists, conventioneers, and locals to that area of the city. With an increase in river and ocean cruise line traffic, it will increase visitors to the area. Part of the plan is to have a bike path and bus service to the area.

Next steps: The infrastructure phase is underway, ground work is being done to tap into utilities on Henderson and Tchoupitoulas streets, and the award for the 200 multi family units is pending.

Tara Hernandez bio


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Thank You & Announcements

Guests introductions:

Brittany Orlando – First Onsite, a residential and commercial restoration and remediation company, referred by Jacquie Bonano, JB Communications

Elizabeth Novit, ReMax, works with out of state groups/companies wanting to move to New Orleans, guest of Richard Juge.

Nick Wall, KTE Analytics, a data analyzing and AI integration company, referred by Jesse Hoppes, Environmental Services

Bobby Ramsey, Ramsey Jewelers, thanked Jason Hernandez, Crescent Title, for his help with closing on a building in Baton Rouge.

Lola Lass, Adeeta Staffing, thanked Jesse Hoppes at Leaaf for calling us for staffing assistance.

Jason Hernandez, thanked Bobby Ramsey, Ramsey Jewelers for the business and Andrew Legrand for alternative financing.

Alison Barrios, Real Estate Group, announced that she will be opening Olive Cheese and Crackers a charcuterie board at Kevin Pedeaux’s St. Roch Market. The stand will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays. Details will be emailed to the members.

Q2 2024 dues reminder.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

  • July 2 – 4th of July Holiday week – no meeting
  • July 9 – Harry Kelleher Co. & Inc., Harry Kelleher – President
  • July 16 – No Meeting
  • July 23- Kim, Editor- Board meeting to follow- Messina’s at the Terminal
  • August 6- Parks & Parkways, Michael Karam, Director
  • August 20- Jefferson Parish, Mark Drewes – Board meeting to follow
  • Sept 3– Happy Labor Day- no meeting
  • Sept 10- Meeting- Speaker TBD
  • Sept 17- Meeting- Speaker TBD- Board meeting to follow
  • Sept 24- Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jeff Hundley, CEO
  • Oct 8 – New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Sandra Lombana Lindquist, president

Check website for updates and bulletins that include upcoming events. Meeting events are on the calendar. Speaker suggestions: contact Program Chairman, Duaine Duffy,