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 »

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 »

Apr 172017

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

By Claire Byun

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

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 062017

The South Course features several lagoons and historic oak trees that once lined the former City Park golf courses destroyed by Katrina (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

City Park’s newest golf course includes a host of brand new designs, greens and features, while incorporating a few features from the two courses destroyed by Katrina.

Bayou Oaks South, which opens to the public April 21, plays in a returning 9-hole routing that runs south toward Harrison Avenue, then returning north to the clubhouse. The back 9 plays along the routing that used to define the back 9 of City Park West golf course, which was severely damaged in the hurricane.

Twelve holes include natural bayous, just like the historic courses, and 100-year-old oak trees line each hole around the 72-par course. Continue reading »

Apr 042017

After years of protests, delays and lawsuits, City Park’s Bayou Oaks golf course is slated to open later this month (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun

A brand new Mid-City golf course is just weeks from completion, and officials expect revenues to hit more than $1 million during the first year. Those profits, however, are planned for more charitable uses.

City Park’s newest championship golf course, called Bayou Oaks, opens to the public April 21. The $24 million course will be managed by the Bayou District Foundation, which oversees the North Course in the park as well.

Previously, Bayou District Foundation redeveloped the St. Bernard Public Housing Development to create Columbia Parc in 2010. The 53-acre site is now part of a Bayou District that includes an early education school, a planned K-8 public charter school and a college prep public high school two blocks away. J.T. Hannan, director of public and governmental affairs, said the district includes families from three income levels – low income, public income and market rate – which diversifies the housing complex. Continue reading »

Mar 312017

By Claire Byun

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 »

Mar 302017

The area of City Park’s new championship golf course (New Orleans City Park).

By Claire Byun

The championship golf course set to open in City Park next month is near completion, though some last-minute additions are still under construction.

City Park’s Board of Directors met Tuesday and discussed the $24 million project before it’s opening date next month. The course, which sparked controversy from the public and nature activists over the past few years, will feature solar-powered “bubbles” in several lagoons and other energy-efficient designs. Continue reading »

Mar 292017

Via Robert Becker with Digital Frontier.

A bicycle-friendly beer and wine garden is one step closer to landing on the Lafitte Greenway – with plenty of bike parking, of course.

Plans for a proposed bar near the Toulouse Street end of the Lafitte Greenway were approved by the City Planning Commission at their regular meeting Tuesday. The bar is being developed by three business partners who have other developments – including bars – throughout the city. Continue reading »