Developers and public officials broke ground on the 60,000 square-foot ReFresh Project, anchored by a Whole Foods Market, on Broad and Bienville streets in Mid-City. The development, spearheaded by L+M Development Partners and Broad Community Connections, takes over the former Schweggman's site, which has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures in 2005. It has since been used as a festival site, parking lot, and even drive-in movie theater.
The development also will house a full-service Liberty’s Kitchen as well as a teaching kitchen — The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine under Tulane University, the "first-of-its kind teaching kitchen serving community members, medical students, and practicing medical professionals." The development will also house the central office for FirstLine Schools.
The project "has the dual purpose of anchoring economic development in the Broad Street commercial corridor and delivering much-needed, high quality fresh foods and groceries to underserved communities." The development also will host community wellness events, activities and classes. Its anticipated opening is early 2014. Below, watch WWL-TV's coverage of this morning's ceremony: