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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 »

Apr 172017
 

Plans for the new Columbia Parc Elementary school in the St. Bernard Neighborhood (via Waggonner & Ball Architects).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A planned St. Bernard neighborhood school gained city approval last week, effectively closing the “cradle to college” education loop in the Columbia Parc development.

The New Orleans City Planning Commissions approved an institutional master plan for Columbia Parc Elementary last week, part of the larger Columbia Parc development on the former St. Bernard housing project land. Columbia Parc includes 685 apartments and townhomes available to all income-levels, including a senior living facility and a nationally-recognized early learning facility called Educare. Continue reading »

Apr 132017
 

A scenario of land loss within 10 years if the Master Plan is not put in place (via Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The Louisiana coastline has been gradually disappearing for decades due to a whole host of issues. The National Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, wants to stem the loss of land.

But the foundation needs residential support.

Matt Phillips, representative from NWF, presented the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization at their monthly meeting Monday. The plan includes guidelines to help develop restoration projects that are consistent with the Master Plan. Continue reading »

Apr 072017
 

An overview of the station location map used during the public workshop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. John neighbors have worked for weeks to identify the best future locations for bicycle sharing stations in the area, though residents aren’t sure their voices will be heard.

Steve Kaplan, member of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, said about a dozen FSJNA members determined the safest and most aesthetically-pleasing spots in the neighborhood for the stations. Neighbors shared their findings with city officials at the public bicycle share workshop in Mid-City on Monday.

“The program is going to happen,” Kaplan told FSJNA at its meeting Tuesday. “It’s going to happen, and where we put the stations initially is very critical. We tried to come up with the least invasive and most probably chance to succeed.” Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 

Residents discuss the best bicycle share station locations during a public workshop Monday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A slew of bicycle share stations are proposed along Esplanade Avenue and the Lafitte Greenway, and Mid-City residents got their chance at criticizing or recommending them Monday night.

The 700 custom-designed bicycles will be placed at an estimated 70 stations designated at locations in neighborhoods around the city as part of a citywide bicycle share program, Dwight Norton of the mayor’s office of resilience, said. The program launches in October after three more public workshops, an online survey, several draft plans and a public hearing.

Norton and his team hosted the Mid-City/Bayou St. John bicycle share public workshop Monday evening to a crowd of about 40 people. Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

New Orleans’ new bicycle share program has room for 70 bike “stations” throughout the city, and officials are hosting a public workshop to gain public input tonight.

Mid-City and Bayou St. John split a workshop, which will be at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Mar 312017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

If you live in Mid-City, City Park Triangle, Tulane-Canal, or Faubourg St. John, the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization wants you. Or your opinion, for that matter.

MCNO is surveying residents before Monday’s bike share workshop hosted by the city. The workshop, which is meant to gather public input on the best locations for the 70 bicycle stations throughout the city, starts at 6:30 p.m. at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. Continue reading »