May 232017

All litter drains to Lake Pontchartrain (File photo, Patrick Armstrong).

It’s everywhere, in every neighborhood and on almost every street in the city. Litter – whether it’s old fast food packages or used tires – has been a problem around Mid-City and beyond for years.

While occasional community cleanups are helpful, Jake Rickoll, president of the Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association, said it’s not enough to stem the barrage of litter found all over the city. A combinations of city-sponsored programs – such as Keep New Orleans Beautiful – and education in schools is needed “for anything to change.”

“There needs to be a cultural shift,” Rickoll said. “I want to get people riled up about this because we need to be angry.” Continue reading »

May 152017

School officials are proposing several renovations to the existing building in order to house more ages.

By Claire Byun

The Cathedral Montessori School is working to revamp its campus to accommodate more age levels, and the project recently got the go-ahead from the city.

School officials wants to relocate a modular classroom while adding to an existing building in order to house more students. There are also plans to demolish an existing carport and replace it with a covered play area, which gained approval from the City Planning Commission last week. Continue reading »

May 122017

Accardo is proposing to convert two of the former residential units on the second floor of the double shotgun into an endodontic clinic.

By Claire Byun

A proposed dental clinic in the City Park neighborhood scored approval from the zoning board this week, leaving some residents worried about already-tight parking spaces in the area.

The New Orleans Board of Zoning Appeals approved a waiver to reduce parking space for the proposed clinic – located at 605 Carrollton Ave. – at their meeting Monday. The shotgun’s zoning requires at least five off-street parking spots for the business, but the building’s owner said similar businesses in the area have only supplied three spaces. Continue reading »

May 112017

More than 100 people – both for and against the monument – gathered to watch its removal early Thursday. Crews lifted the bronze statue with a crane (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

Nineteen days after protestors held a vigil at Mid-City’s Jefferson Davis monument, the bronze statue was removed.

More than 100 monument supporters and counter-protestors stood guard early Thursday (May 11) as crews removed the century-old statue from the corner of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street. A small group of monument supporters had gathered in front of the statue since April 23, when the New Orleans Monument Task Committee held a candlelight vigil to show support. Continue reading »

May 102017

The proposed apartment project would include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

By Claire Byun

The historic McDonogh 31 school building left vacant for years is once again under the city’s radar as developers are hoping to turn the shuttered structure into apartments.

Neighbors approve of the plan that would bring the historic building back to life, but limited parking in an already-tight block have some concerned. Continue reading »

Apr 242017

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

By Claire Byun

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

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

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 »