Mar 012017

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

By Claire Byun

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 232017

The Libertarian Party of Orleans Parish is looking to gain notoriety with a few local government seats, but they’re still searching for locals who want to get involved.

“We’re not going to start winning offices right off the bat,” Kirk Coco, party member, said. “But if people see more of us running they’ll see us as a legitimate party.” Continue reading »

Feb 202017


Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion for a free movie in Hardin Playground.

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission hosts weekly free movies in city parks through May, and next week’s offering is the 1970s classic ‘The Wiz.’ The 1978 musical is an adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience, according to IMDB. Continue reading »

Feb 152017

By Claire Byun

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 »

Feb 142017

The complex will have two outdoor courtyards with a pool and a structured parking facility.

By Claire Byun

A six-story apartment complex slated for the edge of Mid-City is one step closer to fruition after zoning adjustments were approved.

The New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments approved a density and permeable open space waiver for 1717 Canal St., which is situated at the edge of Mid-City just before the I-10 Expressway intersection. Babington Properties, L.P. needed a zoning change to build a six-story apartment complex with retail area on the site. The lot’s current zoning limits multi-family developments to 1 unit per 1,000 square foot of lot area. For the petitioned property, the regulations would limit the development to 61 units. Continue reading »

Feb 092017

Susan Guidry, New Orleans councilperson from district A, listens to a speaker at a ceremony. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun

A new plan to register and inspect apartments in New Orleans is headed to City Council on Thursday, though Faubourg St. John neighbors still has reservations about the proposed policies.

Keith Twitchell, president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, explained parts of the ordinance to members of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday. The proposal allows the city to hire a private firm to register and inspect most private rentals within the city. The public registry would be put in place in January and landlords would have to sign up by the end of the year, with different deadlines based on the number of apartments a property contains. If an apartment passed its initial inspection, it wouldn’t be required to have another one for three years, though problematic properties would have more frequent reviews, Twitchell said. Continue reading »

Feb 062017

Site plans show an outdoor patio, mezzanine and room for bicycle parking.

By Claire Byun

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to say the bar will be built new, not undergo renovations as previously stated.

Developers are hoping to gain approval to permit a bar along the Lafitte Greenway Corridor.

Sidney Torres IV, New Orleans entrepreneur who founded the venture capital firm IV Capital, submitted a request through agents to the City Planning Commission to build a bar on the Greenway Corridor. The bar – located at 501 N. Genois St. – would be bounded by N. Clark, St. Louis and Toulouse streets. Continue reading »

Feb 032017

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

By Claire Byun

Parkview residents are asking to be removed from Historic District Landmarks Commission oversight, though though the New Orleans City Council will have the final vote.

The Parkview Neighborhood Association Board voted not to become a local historic district after an attempt to redefine demolition was brought to the board. Parkview members sent a letter to Paul Harang, director of City Council Relations, last month informing the council of their “unanimous” vote. Continue reading »