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Gulf States Real Estate and Construction Services is nearing completion of the redevelopment of the former Rouses Market next to Home Depot at 50 Park Place Drive in Covington, Louisiana. The project includes converting the 58,000-square-foot building into two kid and family-focused venues, Urban Air Adventure Park and Goldfish Swim School.

The general idea for this project was conceived some 8 years ago when Mike Saucier, President of Gulf States Real Estate Services, attended the 1st annual Entertainment Experience Evolution conference in Los Angeles hosted by InterFace Conference Group, a division of France Media. The conference spotlighted the newest entertainment concepts, helping make retail properties and districts more successful.

Saucier stated, “Several years ago, at one of our annual Gulf States strategic planning meetings, we identified many community needs lacking on the Northshore. With the knowledge gained at the Entertainment Experience Evolution conference and our expertise in local real estate trends, we worked hard to secure a location for America’s #1 Family Entertainment, Urban Air.  The Goldfish Swim School venue was ‘Lagniappe,’ as the same group owns the two franchises. We are thrilled to see this finally a reality for the many families and businesses enjoying this new community asset.”

Goldfish Swim School, which provides swim lessons in a fun, safe, play-based environment, will open mid-March. Urban Air Adventure Park, which provides a safe place for the whole family to jump, soar, race, climb, ride, and play, will open in the first part of April this year.

“The project experienced many challenges, including rising construction costs and interest rates which are challenges most developers face in today’s economy. However, working closely with Saucier and his team, we were able to bring the project to fruition,” said the husband-and-wife Franchisees, Joe Goodly and Rachelle Nurse.

Approvals for these two new tenants had to be obtained from Home Depot, which included changing the shopping center’s name from Tammany Oaks to Park Place. The name change will be exhibited on the newly renovated pylon sign at Highway 190.

Click the links below to learn more about Urban Air Adventure Park and Goldfish Swim School:

For more information on the Gulf States Companies, please contact Stacy Davis at or (985) 570-0988.