What’s Happening at Fremaux Town Center & Fremaux Park in Slidell, Louisiana?

Fremaux Town Center

Stirling Properties announces new tenants and development updates.


Stirling Properties announces four new tenants and development updates at Fremaux Town Center and the surrounding Fremaux Park mixed-use project in Slidell, Louisiana.

  • Spencer’s gifts, fashion, and décor store will occupy 3,500 square feet of retail space on Town Center Parkway, Suite C400, next to Torrid. The new novelty retailer opened this week.
  • Skechers shoe store will fill 9,000 square feet of retail space off Levis Lane, Suite D900, next to Rock’ N Roll Sushi.
  • Ding Tea, offering Taiwanese teas, coffee, and dessert drinks, will fill 1,793 square feet of space on Town Center Parkway, Suite C700, between Journeys and European Wax Center.
  • Lendmark Financial Services will also take 1,200 square feet of space on Town Center Parkway, Suite B500, next to Chico’s.

Ryan Pécot, Senior Retail Leasing and Development Advisor with Stirling Properties, represented the landlord in the lease transactions.

In addition, construction on the Amazon Fulfillment Center located on Town Center Parkway at the adjoining Fremaux Park is progressing. Signage has been installed, and landscaping is underway. The facility is expected to be open and operating by the 2nd quarter of 2022.

Amazon Fulfillment Center

Fremaux Town Center, anchored by Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, and Best Buy, is part of the roughly 350-acre regional mixed-use development located at the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and Fremaux Avenue in Slidell, Louisiana. The retail center includes more than 640,000 square feet of shopping and restaurant options and is jointly owned and operated by CBL Properties and Stirling Properties.

The adjoining Fremaux Park includes Retreat at Fremaux Town Center luxury residential apartment units, Springhill Suites by Marriott, The Mason Fremaux Park apartment community, Dana Inc. Service & Assembly Center, and Amazon Fulfillment Center (coming soon). Additional phases are forthcoming with added residential, retail, industrial, and office park. Fremaux Park is a Stirling Properties mixed-use development.

For leasing or sales information, contact Ryan Pécot at 337-572-0246 / rpecot@stirlingprop.com or Michael Oswald at 423-490-8272 / mike.oswald@cblproperties.com.

Stirling Properties & Level Homes Developing Oak Heritage Townhomes in Prairieville, Louisiana

Oak Heritage Townhomes in Prairieville, Louisiana

Company’s first single-family for-rent development.

Through a joint venture with Level Homes, Stirling Properties announces the development of Oak Heritage Townhomes at 37584 Grand Oak Dr (LA-73) in Prairieville, Louisiana. This project marks Stirling Properties’ first single-family, build-to-rent development.

Stirling Properties and Level Homes recently closed on the acquisition of 7.96 acres of property, including one existing townhome, and plan to develop 51 additional units along with a leasing office and pool. The new development will include almost entirely 3-bedroom high-quality, single-family townhomes expressly built for the rental market. In addition, each unit will be equipped with a 2-car garage. The project design team is led by Ratliff Architects, and the builder is Level Homes. Construction began on the first townhomes in late December, and the development is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

Through the joint venture, Stirling Properties will be responsible for the development of all horizontal land improvements and amenities in addition to asset management and accounting oversight of the project. Level Homes will be responsible for all vertical building improvements. BH Management will handle daily onsite management and leasing.

Oak Heritage Elevations

Oak Heritage Townhomes Elevations

“Level Homes is excited to be a part of the Oak Heritage development. Our company has an extensive track record of developing high-quality, master-planned communities throughout Southeast Louisiana, and we look forward to creating value-driven homes and a unique residential experience for the Prairieville area,” said Todd Waguespack, Managing Partner with Level Homes.

“The population of Prairieville has grown significantly over the past ten years, and we believe this is an ideal product type for this market on a site that is extremely well located within the market,” said Townsend Underhill, President of Development with Stirling Properties. “This product type is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. housing market as build-to-rent properties continue to be attractive to seniors, singles, and families alike—as it offers renters the conveniences of homeownership, without the financial and maintenance burdens that come with it. We are excited to partner with Level Homes on this project and hope it is the first of many opportunities to work together.”

Level Homes presently serves as the primary home builder for Stirling Properties’ single-family, for-sale development, The Preserve at River Chase, in Covington, Louisiana, including 56 homes built or currently under construction.

For more information on Stirling Properties development services, contact John Woodard, Development Manager, at jwoodard@stirlingprop.com or (504) 523-4481.

January 14, 2022|development, Louisiana, news, Press Releases, single-family|

Stirling Properties Named Among GlobeSt’s 2021 Healthcare Influencers

Ochsner Medical Complex - River Parishes

Stirling Properties was recently named among GlobeSt’s 2021 Healthcare Influencers, which casts a national spotlight on people and firms who are shaping the healthcare real estate market and continuing to drive its performance.

“Stirling Properties is proud to be named one of GlobeSt’s 2021 Healthcare Influencers, and we are honored to be included among some of the top national companies in our industry. This acknowledgment further underlines our company’s leadership in healthcare real estate services and truly showcases our expertise and the breadth of services we can offer our clients in this sector,” said Townsend Underhill, president of development with Stirling Properties. 

Ochsner Medical Complex - River Parishes

Evolution in the healthcare delivery system has morphed patients into customers, creating a need for healthcare providers to get products to clientele in the shortest amount of time possible. Stirling Properties is adapting to this changing environment by assisting medical professionals in connecting with customers closer to where they live—in their neighborhoods and communities. The healthcare real estate team is led by president of development Townsend Underhill, development director Mac Bauer and VP of finance and capital markets Justin Landry.

Ochsner Medical Complex - River Parishes

In 2017, Stirling Properties developed its first mixed-use medical facility on a 3.5-acre site in LaPlace, LA. The micro-hospital was based upon a 20-year lease to Ochsner Clinic Foundation for a 20,000-square-foot freestanding emergency department and imaging services clinic. In 2018, a Stirling Properties affiliated entity acquired and subsequently managed the renovation of the shuttered Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA, returning it to commerce through a long-term master lease with Ochsner Clinic Foundation. The 205,000-square-foot building was repurposed into Northshore Medical Complex, a post-acute care facility featuring long-term acute care, skilled nursing, and inpatient rehabilitation services in one central location. These services are provided by Ochsner Health System, Slidell Memorial Hospital, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, and Select Medical. Other notable healthcare projects include facilities management of St. Mary Medical Center in Shreveport; the development of four Ochsner Kidney Care Clinics in the Greater New Orleans Area; the development of St. Tammany Cancer Center in Covington; the development of Ochsner Medical Complex–The Grove in Baton Rouge; and the development of a Multi-Specialty Clinic in Bossier City, to name a few.

For more information on Stirling Properties’ healthcare real estate services, contact Mac Bauer, Development Director, at (504) 620-8131 / mbauer@stirlingprop.com

Stirling Properties Develops Three New Ochsner Health Facilities to Serve GNO Area

Projects helping to backfill former retail space & expand healthcare real estate services.

Stirling Properties, in partnership with Ochsner Health System, has developed three new Ochsner Health facilities to serve the greater New Orleans area. Located in Covington, Slidell and Metairie, the facilities will be completed and open to the public by the end of the year.

  • A Pediatrics Center is located in River Chase Shopping Center at I-12 and E. Brewster Road in Covington. The 18,000-square-foot clinic opened on November 17th along Brewster Rd. immediately next to Target. In addition to a state-of-the-art Pediatrics clinic, this space also includes the Live Oak Pediatric Rehab Center, one of a kind in St. Tammany Parish. Rozas Ward is the Architect, and Donahue Favret is the General Contractor for the development.
  • A Multi-use Clinic including pediatrics, behavioral health, women’s and primary care services is located in Oakridge Place Shopping Center at 800 Metairie Road in Metairie. The 12,450-square-foot clinic will replace two former retail spaces on the end cap of the shopping center. Construction is complete, and the clinic is expected to open on December 14th. The General Contractor is Ryan Gootee General Contractor, and Rozas Ward is the Architect on the project.
  • A Physical Therapy and Training Clinic is rounding out construction in Plaza 190 Shopping Center located at 128 Gause Boulevard in Slidell. The 15,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in mid-December. The General Contractor is Clement Construction, and Grace Hebert Curtis serves as the Architect on the project.

Stirling Properties is serving as the developer, leasing agent and landlord in all three projects.

3 new Ochsner Health facilities to serve the greater New Orleans

“Very similar to the last mile in retail, the healthcare delivery system is changing. It’s all about getting the product to the consumer in the shortest amount of time. That means connecting with them closer to where they live, in their neighborhoods and communities. In commercial real estate, there is substantial growth in the integration of healthcare in the retail setting. Clinics providing same-day urgent care, primary care, specialty care, and wellness services have boomed over the last few years,” said Townsend Underhill, President of Development with Stirling Properties.

Stirling Properties has tailored its business model to meet the increased demands for advisory and healthcare real estate services. The company assists its healthcare partners with development & redevelopment, site selection, master planning, brokerage & lease negotiation, entitlements, financing, design & construction management and asset & property management to provide a comprehensive, holistic approach.

Stirling Properties currently has over 2 million square feet of projects under development/redevelopment, totaling nearly $196 million—of which almost half is in the healthcare sector. Other notable healthcare projects include facilities management of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Shreveport; the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe; the development of four Ochsner Kidney Care Clinics in the Greater New Orleans Area; the development of St. Tammany Cancer Center in Covington; and the development of Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove in Baton Rouge, to name a few.

For more information on Stirling Properties’ healthcare real estate services, contact Mac Bauer, Development Director, at (504) 620-8131 / mbauer@stirlingprop.com

President’s Message: No More Kicking the Can

Hurricane Ida Recovery

We’re a little more than two weeks past the landfall of Hurricane Ida and slowly, slowly returning to some sense of normalcy. Yet, many are still struggling to recover. I want to thank everyone who called, texted, emailed and checked in on us over the last couple of weeks. Your outpouring of support and encouragement is very much appreciated. We extend our thoughts and prayers across the country to all those affected by this storm and the devastation it left behind.

Hurricane Ida is tied with Hurricane Laura (2020) as the strongest storm to ever hit Louisiana, with sustained winds over 150 mph, and it was the fifth-largest storm ever to hit the U.S. (in terms of category strength). Needless to say, our region sustained severe impacts from this storm—ironically, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf South.

Hurricane Ida was primarily a wind event that downed power poles by epic proportions and destroyed entire electric grids, crippling our people and their recovery efforts. More than one million customers lost power. Over 30,000 power poles were downed—almost double that of Hurricane Katrina—and some electricity, internet and cellular outages will possibly continue through the end of September. To many, destruction to the power grid system, in this case, was equally as destructive as Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters, which further highlights the weaknesses that persist in our national disaster response efforts.

As always, I am tremendously proud of the responsiveness of our Stirling Properties team. Even amid their own challenges and losses, our team stepped up to take care of each other and our properties. We’ve witnessed this many times over the past year and a half. Our team members pitched in to help those affected by Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles last year, Hurricane Sally that hit Mobile/Pensacola, and now, they have volunteered, raised funds and brought much-needed supplies to our area.

  • We were able to secure fuel tanks and distribution points to provide much-needed gasoline for generators in areas where fuel was impossible to find.
  • We kept in constant contact with our folks in impacted areas and continue to update and monitor individual circumstances. In some cases, we helped line up vendors for mitigation efforts, tree/roof damage, and other needs.
  • In addition, we assisted our healthcare partners at Ochsner New Orleans, to secure toiletries and basic needs items for their frontline staff working through the storm and the ongoing COVID-19 surge.
  • We helped Xavier University line up temporary remote educational space in our conference center at the Pan-American Life Center in New Orleans.
  • Our Mobile/Pensacola team raised and delivered over $10,000 in cash, gift cards and donated supplies to residents of lower Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes, who were hit especially hard during the storm and still do not have power restored.

On the property side, our team was equally responsive in getting on-site quickly and working to mitigate damage to our impacted properties. Some team members were first to respond or even camped out at properties to ensure their safety and continuity. One of our most severely affected properties was Westpark Self Storage in Houma. The facility still has no power and received significant wind and water damage to the building and storage units. Our team has been on-site 24/7, working with customers who have lost their personal belongings. Ironically, another property that received storm damage was one we just acquired the week before, a Pepsi Distribution Center in Livingston, LA, that incurred significant roof damage and water intrusion. Our team worked diligently to install a temporary roof, minimize damage and get the facility back in operation. Many other properties sustained minor damage, but overall, we were very fortunate.

What lessons can we learn from this? What do we take away from this type of widespread destruction? First, our infrastructure failed; and it’s not the first time. The infrastructure across our entire country is highly vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters, like security threats. A weak infrastructure not only jeopardizes our economy and business continuity but our safety and security as a whole, as evidenced by events all over the country that are happening more and more frequently. Our businesses, financial markets, logistics systems, and even our lives rely on a solid infrastructure system. And when it fails, we all suffer.

In my opinion, it is past time to get serious and make significant investments in our infrastructure. We lag way behind other countries in this area. Our country’s infrastructure needs 20 years ago were much different than today with the advancements of power grids, broadband, water and gas. Therefore, our infrastructure support system and response efforts need also to evolve to remain relevant. In juxtaposition, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the whole country to work remotely, and we were successful in business continuity—but other natural disasters that cripple our infrastructure hinder our progress and set us back even further.

Following Hurricane Katrina, a $14 billion infrastructure investment for flood protection was made in our region, and it worked. Now, power grids and support should be a priority—not just locally but nationally. Unfortunately, upgrades to our infrastructure have been kicked down the road for far too long. I understand the hesitancy in making such large-scale decisions and spending bills; however, the political football of infrastructure investments must end.

I support the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) cosponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), making substantial investments in roads, bridges, ports, airports, electric grids, water systems, broadband and coastal resiliency. This $1.2 trillion bill will significantly aid Louisiana and our current recovery efforts and help prepare others across the country for future disasters. The Senate recently passed this infrastructure bill and now goes to the House. While I understand there is another larger proposed infrastructure bill, perhaps our elected officials can meet somewhere between…and quickly. But doing nothing is no longer an option. No more kicking the can; no more political football.

I encourage you all to contact, call or write your Representative in Congress to support this vital legislation that will literally pave the way for a better, brighter future for us all.

Learn more about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684).

September 15, 2021|Blog, Louisiana, President's Message|

Stirling Properties Acquires 140,000-Square-Foot Pepsi Distribution Center in Livingston, LA

Marks company’s 1st large-scale industrial acquisition.

Stirling Properties announces the acquisition of a 140,000-square-foot Pepsi Distribution Center located in Livingston, Louisiana. The sale closed on August 19th. This marks Stirling Properties’ first large-scale industrial acquisition. The company will also assume asset management duties of the property immediately.

Built in 2016, the industrial property sits on 15 acres and is strategically located along the I-12 corridor. The facility is fully occupied by PepsiCo., Inc. and serves as a logistics hub for PepsiCo brands, including Gatorade, Dasani, Frito-Lay, Starbucks, Mountain Dew and other related brands for the Greater Baton Rouge Area, Greater New Orleans Area and the Northshore regions of Southeast Louisiana.

Townsend Underhill, President of Development for Stirling Properties, will serve as the Asset Manager for the property. Beezie Landry, Justin Langlois, and Chad Rigby, with Stirling Investment Advisors (SIA), a division of Stirling Properties, handled the sales transaction. Stirling Investment Advisors specialize in investment sales of retail, multifamily, office, healthcare, and industrial properties, across the Gulf South market.

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