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Jan 122017
 
School officials are planning to renovate the existing building on 2526 Esplanade Ave. and 2500 Barracks St. from a secondary educational facility to a primary facility.

School officials are planning to renovate the existing building on 2526 Esplanade Ave. and 2500 Barracks St. from a secondary educational facility to a primary facility.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After a unanimous vote from the New Orleans City Planning Commission, Bricolage Academy has permission to renovate the former John McDonogh School on Esplanade. Continue reading »

Jan 062017
 
The campus, located at 8101 Simon Street in Metairie in the former Bunche Middle School building, is chartered through June of 2017.

The campus, located at 8101 Simon Street in Metairie in the former Bunche Middle School building, is chartered through June of 2017.

The International School of Louisiana board of trustees unanimously voted to not recharter its Jefferson Parish campus, leaving hundreds of parents unsure about their children’s educational future. Continue reading »

Dec 292016
 
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is seeking approval to build a community center at 2814 Carrollton Ave.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is seeking approval to build a community center at 2814 Carrollton Ave.

Two Mid-City-area property owners are hoping to gain approval to build a new community center and car dealership, respectively, without changing the zoning ordinance. Continue reading »

Dec 212016
 
(via Bond Moroch)

(via Bond Moroch)

The Historic Carver Theater will ring in 2017 with an array of live music, free shows, and local cuisine—all under an $8 million renovated roof.

Representatives announced new programming for 2017 that includes free Saturday shows and weekday music, with food trucks to boot. Continue reading »

Dec 202016
 
Scheme "A" features soccer fields, a nature trail and a boat launch.

Scheme “A” features soccer fields, a nature trail and a boat launch.

After two rounds of public input, City Park officials have revealed three different plans to develop more than 250 acres into soccer fields, a nature walk and a brand new boat launch.

Park staff held a public workshop last month to gather ideas and input on undeveloped land bounded by Scout’s Island. The land, which encompasses Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Pan American Stadium, is surrounded by the island, I-610, Harrison and Wisner avenues. Continue reading »

Dec 162016
 
New Orleans City Study Committee's suggested boundaries for the new Mid-City Local Historic District.

New Orleans City Study Committee’s suggested boundaries for the new Mid-City Local Historic District.

After almost five years of study, deliberation and debate, the Mid-City Local Historic District has officially been created.

New Orleans City Council voted to approve the creation of Mid-City’s district and the Parkview Local Historic District, as proposed by the Historic Preservation Study Committee, at their meeting Thursday. That vote comes after several months of deferral, though an August public meeting drew much praise for the creation of historic districts in Uptown, Mid-City and Parkview. Continue reading »

Dec 122016
 
The owners of Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC want to open a restaurant at 3305 Bienville Street (City Planning Commission).

The owners of Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC want to open a restaurant at 3305 Bienville Street (City Planning Commission).

A request for a new coffee house cafe on Bienville Street in Mid-City heads to the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

The company Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC., run by local property owners Milton Gautreaux and Mario Martinez, aims to put the new restaurant and cafe in their building, a double at 3305 and 3307 Bienville Street. Continue reading »

Nov 152016
 

A permanent paved and landscaped conversation circle space meant to facilitate discussion among residents is being created in Mid-City.

Called an “Equity Circle,” the new development is slated for the neutral ground on Jeff Davis Parkway between Canal Street and Cleveland Avenue.

It’s a project envisioned and carried out by one of eight groups who participated in the Welcome Table New Orleans, a citywide initiative of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office that is focused on race, reconciliation and community. Continue reading »

Nov 142016
 
The abandoned warehouse on 2537 Tulane Avenue (NCDAC application).

The abandoned warehouse on 2537 Tulane Avenue (NCDAC application).

A contentious request to demolish an old warehouse on Tulane Avenue passed the New Orleans City Council earlier this month, despite failing twice to get approval from members of the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee.

The plan, put forth by a contractor associated with the New York real estate development firm The Feil Organization, comes amid a flurry of requests for demolition and redevelopment along the corridor, many made by that same company. Continue reading »