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Rebuilding After Katrina: An Owner’s Perspective Two Years Later

By John A. Meltzer CRE,CCIM, and Noah Shlaes, CRE, FRICS

This article examines the process of rebuilding a 360,000- square-foot commercial portfolio in Greater New Orleans post- Katrina, from securing the properties post-devastation to reconstruction and lease-up. The review focuses on the shift in skills and resources needed to work with contractors, tenants, mortgage holders, insurers, property management, and governments in a post-catastrophe environment.