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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 »

Mar 062017
 

NCDAC will hear a request to demolish the now-shuttered Le Petit Motel due to damage. (file photo by Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

The shuttered Le Petit Motel on Tulane Avenue is getting a facelift – along with several other crumbling motels on the corridor – but the historic conservation council has to sign off on the demolition first.

Developers are seeking approval to demolish the motel, located at 2836 Tulane Ave., due to extensive damages. Officials submitted paperwork to the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory committee to approve the demolition. Continue reading »

Mar 012017
 

3402 Cherry St. (right side of shotgun home).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A blighted shotgun on Cherry Street is again slated for demolition, but this time the property owner supports the decision.

Half a shotgun house at 3402 Cherry St. was approved for demolition by the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee. The house was set for demolition back in 2015 due to it’s blight status after the city cited the owner more than $2,000 in violations. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

The newborn association revised its action plan meant to reduce crime and engage the community.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association revised its action plan meant to eliminate blight and reduce crime within its boundaries at their monthly meeting.

The newborn organization drew more than 20 people to its second meeting earlier this month where the group discussed setting up a neighborhood watch and working with “trouble” businesses to reduce crime in the area. Continue reading »

Feb 152017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

While making New Orleans more equitable for everyone is a sizable goal, Mid-City residents got a taste of what some in the community are doing to solve inequality.

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization hosted an open discussion on equity around the city at their meeting Monday night, and several citywide organizations turned out to discuss improving life for all New Orleans residents. Continue reading »