NEW ORLEANS — Economic development in New Orleans East is a controversial issue for many.
Members of one group said they are tackling the problem head-on by building a one-of-a-kind brewery called Cajun Fire.
It's located right off the interstate, near the rotting Six Flags theme park, but the developers said their business will help bring the area back to life.
Developer Adam Dawson said there will be a manufacturing building, a tap room, an event area and a cultural museum. Crews were out Monday afternoon clearing land. Dawson said the property size is 10 acres total and 3 acres will be developed.
Dawson said Cajun Fire will be the only black-owned brewery in the region, and the estimated price tag is more than $1 million.
The brewery will bring multiple jobs to the area.
"It's funny, looking back at Six Flags, that was one of my first jobs out here," Dawson said. "I'm creating a job right next to my first job, but that was a beacon for New Orleans East to gather around and say look, we have something important and special, unique to the city of New Orleans."
Dawson expects the brewery to open by 2019. Keep up with local news, weather and current events with the WDSU app here. Sign up for our email newsletters to get breaking news right in your inbox. Click here to sign up!