Jun 192017

On Thursday, June 22, LCIA is hosting a workshop for the construction industry, “Opportunities for Contractors in Stormwater Management.” The event will be co-hosted by the Urban Conservancy and StayLocal. The issue of stormwater management—what we do with rainwater when it hits the ground—is an important issue in New Orleans.

During the day-long class, attendees will learn about:

  • The history of stormwater management in New Orleans
  • The paradigm shift toward green infrastructure and new building practices
  • New city ordinances and codes that require water management to be considered on new construction
  • Available building materials and products that are used in green infrastructure
  • The increasing demand for green infrastructure

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Jun 152017

Councilmember Susan Guidry addresses the crowd Tuesday during a Master Plan Town Hall.

The New Orleans 20-year Master Plan is up for revision, and public greenspaces and housing affordability are some of the key revisions local groups are hoping to enact.

Most of those amendments deal with the changing priorities of the city; stormwater drainage, equitable housing and resilience encompass many of the changes to be considered by City Council next month. Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents a swath of Mid-City, held a town hall earlier this week to explain what these amendments mean for residents and gave people the chance to ask questions of policy experts. Continue reading »

Jun 142017

The Lafitte Greenway, which is used by biker, walkers, jogger, and boarders at all hours of the day, stretches 2.6 miles from Armstrong Park to City Park. (Nick Ducote).

The proposed New Orleans Capital Improvement Plan will be presented to Mayor Mitch Landrieu six months earlier than usual, though some Mid-City projects were not recommended funding.

The plan – established by the City Planning Commission every year – includes requests from city departments and agencies for projects over the next five years. After Tuesday’s approval from the CPC, the plan will be presented to the City Council and will eventually become next year’s budget. Continue reading »

Jun 072017

Community Book Center, located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003 (via Google.com)

The Community Book Center is asking for the public’s support to continue its brick and mortar operation and is hosting a “Save Our Store” sale with discounted items this weekend to make more space for revenue.

Located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003, Community Book Center has been in business through owner Vera Warren Williams for 34 years. Read the full story by Gentilly Messenger here.

Jun 012017

Golfers enjoy the new golf course in City Park, which is asking for $25 million in project funding for the city (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

City Park officials are aiming to secure $25 million in capital from the city for infrastructure, sewerage and historic building improvements. The city, however, only has so much money to distribute to more than 20 different entities, including the New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Public Library and the Mayor’s Office.

Fund distribution will ultimately be decided by the City Planning Commission after two days of capital budget requests for next year through 2022. Each public entity is given 30 minutes to pitch their requests to CPC staff, which kickstarted Thursday morning. Continue reading »

May 312017

Melt is located on the corner of Banks and South Dorgenois streets.

By Claire Byun

A Mid-City restaurant specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is hoping to expand upwards – or at least to the roof.

Melt, located at 2549 Banks St., is lobbying the City Planning Commission for an upstairs outdoor patio. In order to build upstairs, the lot must be rezoned to HU-B1 Neighborhood Business District. Continue reading »

May 252017

By Claire Byun

A plan to expand the Orleans Justice Center to include 89 beds for mentally-ill inmates is headed to the City Planning Commission after approval from City Council.

The proposal requires the CPC to start planning for a new 89-bed facility next to the Mid-City jail housing mentally-ill prisoners and is backed by the New Orleans Sheriff’s Office. The council approved the motion 5-1 after hours of debate and public comment at their meeting last week.

The second proposal, which was not approved by council but backed by Councilmember Susan Guidry, asks the commission to retrofit the Orleans Justice Center to house mentally-ill prisoners while reporting back to the council during planning. 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 »

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 »