Naval Support Activity East Bank
This paper is a case study of the redevelopment of the Naval Support Activity East Bank site located at 4400 Dauphine Street in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the City of New Orleans and the federal government have been trying to find the highest and best use for this federally owned site, which has since been subject to BRAC legislation, or Base Re-Alignment and Closure. The City created the New Orleans Advisory Task Force (NOATF) in November 2011 to oversee the process and come up with a plan for the acquisition, redevelopment, and operation of the new facility. Their plan is to create an international disaster management, recovery, and resilience center that could serve as a hub for not only disaster preparedness for the region, country, or potentially the world, but also a place for innovation and evolution of the disaster management industry. With these goals in mind, the NOATF has taken on a massive engagement of public and private partners that should help with the complex financing mechanisms, the ownership and management of the property, and the sustainability goals expected to be reached upon completion.