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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 »

Feb 142017
 

City Park (Tad Gormley) Stadium, circa 1938

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Tad Gormley Stadium. The iconic City Park stadium, designed in the shape of a horseshoe, was completed in the fall of 1937 during the Works Progress Administration. From the Beatles concert, to the 1992 Olympic Track and Field Trials, to the thousands of high school games, Tad Gormley Stadium has hosted a remarkable variety of entertainment for the people of New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jan 102017
 
Bernice and Ms. Teede of Club Teede

Bernice and Ms. Teede of Club Teede

This family owned business provides customers great food, music, and games. Throughout the year, Club Teede hosts pool tournaments, backyard barbecues, seafood boils, and themed parties. Their customers are like family and they make sure everyone has a great time.

Shopkeepers: Ms. Teede and daughter Bernice
Shop: Club Teede
Since 1993

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Bernice: My mother started Club Teede because she always wanted to run a business and have it to be family owned. After thinking about the type of business she’d like to start, she decided to open a bar and lounge. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 
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(via Friends of City Park)

Celebration in the Oaks, the annual winter lights display at New Orleans City Park, opens this week, marking its 30th anniversary! As one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the South, with more than 165,000 visitors to the month-long event, it takes a little magic and a ton of work to make this extraordinary display come to life. Continue reading »

Nov 142016
 

by Stephanie Standige
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Paul Varisco, father-in-law to Steave Gleason, introduces the 'Gleason' DVD at its premiere event at The Cannery in Mid-City, Nov. 2 (Stephanie Standige)

Paul Varisco, father-in-law to Steve Gleason, introduces the ‘Gleason’ DVD at its premiere event at The Cannery in Mid-City, Nov. 2 (Stephanie Standige)

The Gleason DVD premiere was held in Mid-City at The Cannery on Wednesday, November 2. Attendees mingled as they awaited raffle drawings, a speech from Steve Gleason’s father-in-law, Paul Varisco, and the debut of the documentary, Gleason. Guests enjoyed refreshments, elegant scenery, and Pearl Jam (Gleason’s favorite band) background music prior to the viewing of the film. Continue reading »

Nov 112016
 
A residential development envisioned by Sidney Torres will go before City Planning Commission this month (Edwards Communities).

A residential development first envisioned by Sidney Torres (Edwards Communities).

Developers behind a new mixed-use site on the Lafitte Greenway are asking for a tax break to finance the project after agreeing to draw back in a plan for 14 affordable on-site housing units.

In a move backed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Council last week approved plans for the 382-unit, 5-acre mixed-development project, which was first proposed by businessman Sidney Torres IV. Continue reading »

Oct 262016
 
A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A beautification and safety enhancement project once slated to improve a section of the Tulane Avenue corridor by the end of August now has a new deadline, according to officials: the end of 2016.

Once finished, the Streetscape project will offer safer, wider streets by reducing six lanes to four, along with other improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.

Members of the Regional Planning Commission and Department of Transportation and Development, who along with the City of New Orleans are working on the project, have long touted the improvements, but the project has been marred by delays, changes in landscaping plans and budgetary restrictions. Continue reading »

Oct 242016
 

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger 

(Mid-City Security District)

(Mid-City Security District)

This year’s crime trends around Mid-City are similar to last year’s, but last week officers with the Mid-City Security District said they were working on ways to bring those numbers down.

Auto thefts in September peaked at 10, mostly due to people leaving their doors unlocked or cars running. Mid-City residents reported seven vehicle burglaries last month, but only one incident featured any evidence of an actual break-in, according to statistics from the New Orleans Police Department. Continue reading »

Oct 212016
 
The proposed Mid-City historic district is in green; Parkview is in purple, and Esplanade Ridge is the peach color. (via City of New Orleans)

The proposed Mid-City historic district is in green; Parkview is in purple, and Esplanade Ridge is the peach color. (via City of New Orleans)

As a decision over whether to create new historic districts in Mid-City and Parkview has been tabled until next month, a group representing the Tulane-Canal neighborhood has decided to take advantage of the time and ask to be considered separately for the pending proposal.

The plan, which first started to make traction in various study groups last year, would give both Mid-City and Parkview neighborhoods official historic designations under the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). That’s the city’s regulatory agency for local landmark commissions outside of the Vieux Carre.

As of now, that plan considers the Tulane-Canal neighborhood part of Mid-City, rather than recognizing it as its own area.

 

Continue reading »

Oct 202016
 

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Warren Easton's new athletic field will be dedicated on Friday (photo by Claire Byun).

Warren Easton’s new athletic field will be dedicated on Friday (photo by Claire Byun).

After more than a decade of waiting and wishing, Warren Easton Charter School will officially dedicate their very own athletic field.

Legacy Field, which neighbors the Canal Street school, will be dedicated Friday during a special ceremony. School officials have been working toward a green space of their own since Hurricane Katrina, and with help from Orleans Parish School Board the “dream” was finally achieved.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said principal Alexina Medley. Continue reading »