First NBC begins construction of a bank branch; Firefighters will also relocate pension offices in next phase.
Plans to redevelop 42 acres surrounding Lakewood golf course in Algiers became a reality today as officials celebrated the start of construction on a new First NBC Bank building. Following completion of that 4,500 bank office, the New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund will construct a new 30,000 square feet facility that will house the pension fund’s offices, firefighters union office and credit union.
“Today’s groundbreaking is a triumph over two negatives of historic proportions: Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the nation’s subprime mortgage industry, events that could have halted this project dead in its tracks.” said Richard Hampton, CEO, New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund. “Despite the difficult environment we’ve been forced to deal with, we were able to renovate and reopen Lakewood golf course three years ago. It has since become one of the city’s busiest golf clubs, attracting local golfers and a significant number of out-of-town players. The New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund remains committed to its long-term plans to develop the rest of this tract.” Construction of the bank building is expected to take nine months. Hampton anticipates beginning construction on the second building early next year.
The Firefighters purchased the massive acreage in Algiers in 2003 with plans to develop an upscale golf resort. The new buildings are part of that plan to include retail and office space in a mixed-use community. The Firefighters intend to develop a 4-star luxury hotel, golf villas, condominiums, retirement village, office suites and specialty retail. The estimated $400 million project will be a major upgrade of this New Orleans landmark, which hosted the city’s first PGA tournaments. Lakewood hosted 25 New Orleans Opens from 1963-1988. Eight World Golf Hall of Famers won at Lakewood including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.
February 15, 2011 - Longtime golf management professional Jay Maumus has joined Lakewood Golf Club as Director of Tournaments and Corporate Events. Maumus has 23 years of experience in the local golfing market, having most recently been employed as General Manager of Stonebridge Golf Club. Prior to Katrina, he was General Manager of Eastover Country Club where he oversaw Eastover’s expansion from an 18-hole to 36-hole facility.
“We are excited to have Jay Maumus on board. He is known in the community as a leader in corporate and charity golf and is a true ambassador of New Orleans in the golf market,” said Cynthia Rico, Lakewood General Manager. Maumus will be responsible for business development, recruiting tournaments and events to Lakewood.
He will be working closely with Paul Buckley, Lakewood Golf Club Director of Business Development, who has been working at the club since last spring. Buckley retired in 2005 from the Hilton Hotels Corp., where he served as vice president and general manager, overseeing both the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and the Hilton New Orleans Airport.
"I look forward to taking Lakewood to the highest level and enjoy working with such esteemed professionals as Paul Buckley, Lakewood Director of Golf Brad Weaver, PGA and Jimmy Headrick, PGA, a nationally recognized junior golf teacher," Maumus said.
Jimmy Headrick To Be Inducted Into Gulf States' PGA Hall of Fame
Lakewood's own Jimmy Headrick, PGA will soon join the prestigious list of Gulf States' PGA Hall of Fame members. The Section will be honoring Headrick’s lifelong dedication to serving the section and the New Orleans community during an induction ceremony in December, 2010. Headrick is Director of Public Relations and Golf Development at Lakewood.
He was elected into membership of The PGA of America in 1979 and is now approaching his 31st year as a member. Jimmy remains committed to growing the game of golf in New Orleans while embracing the need for unity, creativity and perseverance to reach his goals.
Jimmy strives to restore golf to a community still affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. His focus lies on creating opportunities for area youth to become involved in the game.
Please join us in congratulating Jimmy on this great honor.
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