Archive for January, 2009


Hammond Square

January 28, 2009

Hammond Square is buzzing with hammers pounding and saws buzzing.

Construction has already begun on a new restaurant, the Santa Fe Cattle Co., a family roadhouse-style steak eatery. Hammond Square will feature seven new restaurants. Raisin Canes will begin construction in about a week. Raisin Canes is hoping to open its doors to patrons by early June.

Currently, there are four other restaurants being built at Hammond Square. They are located between the Palace Theatre and J.C. Penney. Also, currently under construction is the new Verizion store.

Construction on the new T.J. Maxx will begin this week and the parking lot for Target is almost complete. T.J. Maxx and Target are expected to open for business in late July. Best Buy is scheduled to open its doors at the Square by mid-June.

In total, Hammond Square, when completed, will feature 63 new retail stores and restaurants.


Related Information:

Hammond Retail Study

Stirling Properties Corporate – Hammond SquareHammond, Louisiana

Hammond Square Mall planning airy makeover


Phoenix Square Is Underway In Hammond

January 21, 2009

There will be a lot of activity coming soon to the corner of Phoenix Square Avenue and J.W. Davis Drive .  The non-profit Gulf Coast Housing Partnership is ready to begin construction on the Phoenix Square subdivision. A total of 44 homes will be built over time. Eight homes will be built in Phase 1 of the project with immediate construction beginning on two of those eight homes.

The land for the Phoenix Square subdivision was donated by the City of Hammond. The water and sewer systems as well as subsurface drainage has already been completed.

The new homes will feature 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with square footage ranging from 950 to 1,500 square feet. The homes will be priced between $110,000 and $145,000.

The Phoenix Square project is part of Hammond ‘s initiative to provide affordable housing to the working-class. The City of Hammond  received an honorable achievement award from the Louisiana Municipal Association for its initiatives in providing workforce housing. Workforce housing is defined as housing affordable for those earning a gross income of $22,000 to $49,000 annually.

Today, I checked our multiple listing service to see how many homes on the market match the $110,000 – $140,000 price range with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. There are 34 single family homes in Hammond  matching this criteria. Current interest rates are hovering just below 5%. You don’t have to wait for the new homes to be built.  There is affordable housing available in today’s marketplace.



Don’t Miss Alley Oop on January 17

January 14, 2009

You do not want to miss the January 17th edition of Alley Oop in the comic section of your newspaper. This very special edition will be featuring the art work of one of Hammond ‘s own!

Erin Holloway won the national Alley Oop contest. She will be honored by having her Alley Opp drawing featured in the Daily Star this Sunday. Look for the dinosaur (Tyrannosaur) holding a Happy Birthday sign. This is the drawing submitted by Erin .

This is not the first drawing contest Erin has won. She took first place in a Tangipahoa Parish drawing contest about ways to protect our environment. She drew a picture of people with trash bags picking up litter.

Erin is 12 years old and is home schooled. She is also a student in the Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School . Erin loves the arts, she likes to sing, act, draw and do sculptures. Of her sculptures Erin says, “My sculptures are either modern art or Cattitudes – which are cats with attitude.” She has also played in several local theater productions with the Octavians.

I am sure we will be seeing and hearing much more about this very talented little lady in the future.



World Premier in Tangipahoa Parish

January 7, 2009

You are invited to attend the world premier of three movies on January 29th at 7:00 pm in the Tangipahoa Parish School System building located in Amite City.

For the ninth consecutive year the Talented Theatre group has received amovie ticket grant from the Louisiana Division of Arts for the production of movies which explore social challenges facing America ‘s high school students. The project has been recognized nationally and has received two national awards.

The movies were created by the Talented Theatre students of Amite and Sumner High Schools . Movies to be premiered are: Piano Lesson, Pranks, and Blackmail. Each feature is twenty minutes in length. The students not only created the movies but star in them as well.

An original score was written for each movie by Will Vance, Bobbie Levie and James Bass. Editing, sound and light technicians were Kirk and Butch Lee of Vivid Video shoot.

Charley Vance, instructor was also the screenwriter, director and producer of the films.

Piano Lesson was created by the Amite High students. Music becomes the refugee of a misunderstood  high school student suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome.

movie theatrePranks was created by the students of Sumner High (9th – 12th grades). The story line concerns practical jokes which soon become more than just jokes.

Blackmail was also created by Sumner students (10th – 11th grades). In this movie a student tells too much during an online chat and becomes the target of a cyberstalker.
Funding provided by: 

Talented Theatre - Sumner HS - Photo Sumner HS

Talented Theatre - Sumner HS - Photo Sumner HS

Louisiana State Arts Council

Louisiana Division of the Arts

Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

First Guaranty Bank

Bank of Greensburg

Peoples Bank