Gaudet has done it before. In 1991, he started Studio Inferno in the Bywater neighborhood. As the neighborhood grew in popularity, property taxes ballooned from $3,000 to $15,000, so he started looking for something new.
He's converting the building into a fine art studio to display his glass work, and there's also plenty of room for studio space.
“It was kind of like the initial reception I got in the Bywater,” he said. “Very positive. Everybody's very excited. Arabi is very hungry for development.”
Entrepreneurs are making it happen. There's also a yoga studio, and Old Arabi Eats is a restaurant attracting a lot of buzz.
“There's a lot of things going on that I think will make it more attractive to come through here,” said St. Bernard Parish Councilman Ray Lauga.
Lauga wants to change the look of St. Claude Avenue. Plans are in place to use part of a $3 million grant to beautify the sidewalks and medians.