McDonnel is provided professional construction services to French Quarter Apartments Limited Partnership Courtesy of AIG GRE Affordable Housing for the historic renovation of the former Maison Blanche Department Store Annex Building into The Annex Nola.
The 5-story historic French Quarter building has been transformed into 87 luxury residential units. The new apartment complex consists of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units ranging from 700 SF to 1,300 SF. The ground floor level houses Leasing Offices, a Gallery, and parking. A new floor was added between the existing 1st and 2nd floors to create an additional level of parking and a new penthouse level was added to the top of the building.
McDonnel also restored the entire exterior of the building.
Ground Floor: Leasing Offices, Pocket Gallery, and Parking Level 2: Parking (new floor level) Levels 3 – 6: Residential Units (mix of 1, 2, and 3-bed units) Roof Level: New Pool Deck, Fitness Area, Club Room
As the owner’s representative on the French Quarter Residences since the project’s inception, I can personally attest to McDonnel’s knowledge, professionalism, teamwork, and quality. This was a complex adaptive reuse project with extensive unknown conditions and difficult logistics in a high profile historic New Orleans neighborhood.McDonnel worked in a design assist role with the project’s designers, John Williams Architects, which provided an opportunity to propose potential solutions and keep the project moving. McDonnel carefully managed and mentored several DBE firms and assisted the owner with the real estate tax abatement process. The project was delivered without any reportable safety incidents.McDonnel’s Project Manager, Jeffrey Proctor, addressed and resolved problems as they arose. His positive and willing attitude was consistent throughout the life of the project, even through the many challenges that arose.As a result of their unwavering commitment, the construction team delivered a timely and budget appropriate project, representing the highest level of quality, despite all the obstacles. Therefore, it is with full confidence and pleasure that I can recommend The McDonnel Group.Andy Miller, Firebrand, Owner's Representative