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Apr 242017
 

A member of the Monumental Task Committee places candles and flowers along the Jefferson Davis Monument late Sunday night.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The Jefferson Davis Monument is still standing Monday morning after a group of pro-monument protestors stood guard over the night.

More than 50 people gathered in front of the Confederate president’s memorial Sunday night after rumors that Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration would begin taking down four monuments early Monday morning. The candlelight vigil was organized by the Monumental Task Committee (MTC), a pro-monuments group which previously filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing the Jefferson Davis statue—among others—from destruction. Continue reading »

Apr 202017
 

A rendering of the former Times Picayune Annex warehouse project (Albert Architecture via NORF).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A mostly-blighted property off the Lafitte Greenway is undergoing major development this year thanks to a warehouse restoration project.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund (NORF) officially broke ground on restoring the former Times Picayune Annex warehouse on 2720 St. Louis St Wednesday. The $4 million project will restore the warehouse to a mix of offices, retail and possibly eateries fronting the Greenway with a hopeful completion date of early 2018. Continue reading »

Apr 182017
 

Developers are hoping to build an affordable senior housing complex at 1950 St. Bernard Ave.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A new overlay district proposal increases building height along the St. Bernard Avenue corridor to four stories, and developers are hoping to use that new district for an affordable senior housing complex.

The proposal – which City Planning staff have molded for a month – must first be approved by the City Council before any construction can start.

The City Planning Commission approved a modified request from Liberty Bank and Trust Company establish the St. Bernard Overlay District, which increases allotted building height to four stories or 55 feet. Continue reading »

Mar 292017
 

Via Robert Becker with Digital Frontier.

A bicycle-friendly beer and wine garden is one step closer to landing on the Lafitte Greenway – with plenty of bike parking, of course.

Plans for a proposed bar near the Toulouse Street end of the Lafitte Greenway were approved by the City Planning Commission at their regular meeting Tuesday. The bar is being developed by three business partners who have other developments – including bars – throughout the city. Continue reading »

Mar 242017
 

New Orleans City Study Committee’s suggested boundaries for the Parkview Local Historic District (in pink).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After mixed feedback from the public, the New Orleans City Council approved the creation of the Parkview Historic District.

The council approved the creation of the new district at their regular meeting Thursday. The historic district comes under control of the Historic District Landmarks Commission, which has oversight only over demolition. Continue reading »

Mar 232017
 

New Orleans City Study Committee’s suggested boundaries for the Parkview Local Historic District (in pink).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The New Orleans City Council will consider the creation of the Parkview Historic District at their meeting Thursday, though the neighborhood association independently voted to opt out last month. Continue reading »

Mar 222017
 

The new development would combine office suites with room for commercial retail, such as a drug store or coffee shop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Despite opposition from a few neighbors and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, the demolition of the former Le Petit Motel has been approved.

The New Orleans Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee approved a request to demolish the former auto motel on 2836 Tulane Ave at its regular meeting Monday. The committee previously deferred the vote so developers could bring the plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization for input. Continue reading »

Mar 202017
 

The Wicker building currently housing Success Prep will be demolished and a new campus will be constructed.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

More than a decade later, Sci High is finally getting the new campus in the Bio District they were promised.

The New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School was awarded $2.2 million for the design of their new campus in the Bio District. The school was promised a renovated World War II hangar on the Delgado Community College campus prior to Katrina. Continue reading »

Mar 142017
 

The new development would combine office suites with room for commercial retail, such as a drug store or coffee shop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Tulane Avenue is undergoing a wealth of redevelopment after years of stagnation, and a local architect is hoping to turn the dilapidated Le Petit Motel into an office and retail space.

Developers are hoping to turn the shuttered motel – located at 2836 Tulane Ave. – into a large commercial development with space for offices and retail. Raymond Bergeron, architect, presented his plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization members at their monthly meeting Monday and faced little opposition. Continue reading »

Mar 082017
 

Nora Navra Library has beens shuttered for more than a decade after Katrina decimated the community center (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The last storm-damaged public library in the city is finally undergoing reconstruction more than a decade since it was flooded.

The Nora Navra Library was severely damaged during Katrina and left shuttered for more than a decade. Now, as part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s renovations to public city assets, the vandalized library is getting a $3.3 million facelift. Continue reading »