Project: Conversion of a dilapidated building along Chemin Metairie into a veterinary clinic
Address: 3439 Metairie Road
Owner: David and Brendan Batt
Architect: Adamic Architecture
General contractor : Companies Perrier Esquerre
Space: 7,200 square feet
Cost: $1.2 million
Start date: January 2020
Completion date: February 2021
A structure at the upper end of Metairie Road which housed a pharmacy and more recently a Hispanic ministry is now the headquarters of Batt Veterinary Services.
Brothers David and Brendan Batt bought the property in 2019 and did extensive work on the two-story building, where they added new plumbing, electrical work, Sheetrock, windows, a new roof and new flooring . Brendan Batt said the foundation was the only thing that was salvageable, as there was termite and water damage throughout the structure.
“At one point during construction, you could see right through the building,” Batt said.
The first floor now includes a reception, examination rooms, pharmacy, treatment room, operating room and boarding school. The second floor is used for accommodation of staff members who monitor patients overnight and a break room.
The outdoor area has approximately 850 square feet of animal tracks and Astroturf.
Batt said one of the challenges of the project was that the ground was lower than the street, which caused flooding issues. Crews had to install eight inches of additional flooring before starting actual construction.
Batt and his brother chose floor tiles with a waxy coating and a high coefficient of friction to prevent dogs and other animals from slipping on the floor.
Batt and his brother moved their practice from New Orleans to Metairie Road in February 2021.
The upper end of the thoroughfare has seen revitalization from Severn Avenue and Arlington Drive in recent years.
A structure opposite the Metairie Bank branch at 3344 Metairie Road which once housed a CVS pharmacy has stood vacant for years. It now houses a Sherwin-Williams store and other retail establishments.
Mirambell Realty recently renovated a building at 3232 Metairie Road to make it the company’s new offices. Loft 18, a golf simulator complex across Causeway Boulevard, opened in 2017.
Meanwhile, near Labarre Drive, a second Rock-n-Sake location opened in 2016 on the site of an abandoned gas station. Construction of a strip mall that houses Fat Boy’s Pizza, Shipley’s Do-Nuts and other businesses was completed a few years ago. A new clinic for Dr. Ali Sadeghi’s cosmetic surgery practice has opened near The Galley Seafood mall and restaurant.