Metairie's Beach Club, after 50 years, to become 17-lot gated subdivision

Plans to transform the former Beach Club property in northwest Metairie into a 17-lot gated enclave of single-family houses have won approval from the Jefferson Parish Council. Cleveland Estates on the Lake and its private street will rise on about 4 1/4 acres where the swim and tennis center for the Country Club Estates subdivision opened in 1968 and closed in 2018.

Some nearby residents expressed concern about the density in new owner Raoof Khan's proposal, but Councilman Dominick Impastato III, whose district includes the site, said houses are preferred over the ideas of other would-be developers: apartments, a nursing home and a medical complex. Parish President Mike Yenni's Planning Department and the council's Planning Advisory Board endorsed Khan's residential proposal, and the council approved it in a 7-0 vote Wednesday (Oct. 10).

"I know it's not perfect, there's no question," Impastato said. "But it's difficult to think of what would be better for that neighborhood than single-family, high-end homes. The estimated retail price of these lots, at the minimum [is] $300,000 apiece, some as high as $400,000."

At 6000 Cleveland Place, the Beach Club was one of the more expansive private recreation centers that East Jefferson real estate developers erected for the new subdivisions they were building at a frenetic pace in the 1960s and 1970s. It opened with a swimming pool, diving pool, baby pool, tennis courts, locker room and a tack room and stable for six horses. It eventually added a full clubhouse and bar, more tennis courts, a weight room and fitness center.

But as East Jefferson aged and tastes change, the club found its budget tightening. Shareholders and members sold it to Khan on Feb. 15 for $3.4 million.

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