Construction officially began Monday on Square 46 in Mid City, approximately two months after a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Government Street mixed-use development.
Private family matters and the mid-August flooding contributed to the project’s delay, says architect Josh Hoffpauir, of Hoffpauir Studios, who is developing the project.
“It displaced all of the labor force, temporarily. … We had to regroup as far as getting those guys back in order,” Hoffpauir says of the devastating flooding. “It was a little bit of a challenge.”
He says the project got back on track Friday after developers were finally able to get their crew back together.
Permits were pulled earlier today for the development’s retail and office shell and to complete the residential space that will consist of eight apartments. Hoffpauir says the residential component will be built at once.
“We’re ready to go again,” he says. Faulk & Meek General Contractors is working on the project.
Square 46 is a roughly 32,000-square-foot development that is being constructed on the site of the old Giamanco’s restaurant. The project was first announced in November 2014. Construction is now expected to take about nine months.
The development will be home to White Star Market, a communal food hall that will feature about 10 different vendors. Announced tenants for the market include: Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar’s Jolie @ The Market, Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Taco, New Orleans Chef Micah Martello’s Fete au Fete, Chef Michael Mangham’s Silver Spoon restaurant, Acadiana Chef Jesse Romero’s Robear Ln. restaurant and the Lafayette-based Rêve Coffee Roasters.