The New Orleans City Planning Commission is divided over whether or not to allow a Treme grocery near the Lafitte Greenway sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. The decision goes before New Orleans City Council on Thursday.
The property in question is located on 432 N. Galvez St., along the Lafitte Corridor. The building, which is presently leased but unoccupied, would be turned into a grocery market called Overflowing Grace Market, according to the applicants.
Owners are required to apply for a permit to sell the alcohol because, in recent years, City Council has made several zoning changes to the area to accommodate the forthcoming Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6 mile multi-use trail connecting the French Quarter to Bayou St. John. The Lafitte Corridor section has been rezoned as a park district, and neighboring areas have been designated as new interim zoning districts.
According to a City Planning Commission report sent to New Orleans City Council, planning officials voted four in favor of a conditional use permit, which would permit the sale of alcohol, and four against it. Those who voted against had concerns that the sale of alcohol would encourage unwanted behaviors in the city’s new park. Construction for the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway kicked off in March.