NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Remember heading to the old NOPSI headquarters in the CBD to pay your 'light' bill? Well, NOPSI (New Orleans Public Service, Inc.) may be gone, but developers are breathing new life into the historic building at the corner of Baronne and Union streets. The building is being reinvented into a small, luxury hotel. The name? NOPSI Hotel, of course.
a is coming back to life as a swanky new hotel. The historic headquarters of the former New Orleans Public Service, Inc., (NOPSI) is being reinvented as a luxury 217-room hotel called NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans.
The nine-story brick building originally opened in 1927. NOPSI was an electric and natural gas company that also was responsible for running the city's busses and streetcars. It will reopen as NOPSI Hotel in spring 2017 and will include 217 rooms, including 74 suites, a restaurant and rooftop pool and bar.
The property's developer is Building and Land Technology (BLT), a leading national real estate investor and developer. The NOPSI Hotel will be managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts.
The historic renovation also includes the conversion of the adjacent and former Dryades Building into a 4,000 square foot meeting and event space.
NOPSI later became Entergy New Orleans, a subsidiary of Entergy. Thousands of manhole covers still bear the NOPSI name, adding a sense of nostalgia to many of The Crescent City's streets.
Conveniently situated in the heart of the Central Business District within a short walk of The French Quarter, The Warehouse District and The Garden District, the NOPSI Hotel is located near Lafayette Square and close to major attractions like the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the World War II Museum.
The hotel's guestrooms will range in size from 350 to 800 square feet with bathrooms that developers will include the largest, most luxurious shower in the city.
The restaurant inside the hotel will be called "Public Service," with a separate entrance onto Baronne Street. An ever-changing menu will offer classic Gulf Coast seafood, a raw bar, creative food presentations, hand-tossed pizzas and an extensive array of craft, draft and bottled beer.
The project is estimated to create hundreds of permanent jobs within the city once the hotel opens, employ many more during construction, and contribute millions to the local economy and tax base. "The redevelopment of the former NOPSI building into the new NOPSI Hotel is another sign that our city's economy is growing and booming," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.