Jul 032015
The New Orleans Botanical Garden (photo courtesy of City Park).

The New Orleans Botanical Garden (photo courtesy of City Park).

The Louisiana Himalaya Association is sponsoring a community-based effort event this Wednesday in City Park’s Botanical Gardens to help the people of Nepal recover from earthquakes. The New Orleans to Nepal fundraising event will feature local musicians and restaurants, a cash bar and a live auction.  Continue reading »

Jun 152015
The Smith Wendell Green Mansion currently sets on cement blocks at 2501 Banks Street. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Smith Wendell Green Mansion currently sets on cement blocks at 2501 Banks Street. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

An old historic mansion from the 1920’s is threatened for demolition.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society recently released the New Orleans Nine Most Endangered Sites and of them was the Smith Wendell Green Mansion located at 2501 Banks Street.

Smith Wendell Green was the son of a former slave and had the mansion constructed in 1928, according to the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Continue reading »

Apr 082015

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund has launched a second fund to revitalize and redevelop properties in Mid-City. The announcement follows the successful closing of the first fund, which was used to purchase blighted and underused residential properties and convert them into high-quality and affordable rental units, according to organizers. 

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund was formed in May 2013 with a focus on Mid-City. Since it’s launch, 18 properties have been purchased and 42 rentable units have been made available for housing.  Continue reading »

Mar 022015

The former Home Depot site on 500 North Carrollton could become a strip mall anchored by a CVS, according to plans filed with the city (Linfield, Hunter & Julius, Inc.)

By Kristen Himmelberg
Special to Mid-City Messenger

The site of the former Home Depot on Carrollton Avenue may soon become a new strip mall anchored by a 13,600-square foot CVS pharmacy.

Renderings provided to the City of New Orleans show a development with ten possible retail buildings and a parking lot to go along with it. The current existing parcel would be demolished, if approved by the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee.

The demolition proposal for the former Home Depot, located at 500 North Carrollton, is slated to go before the committee Monday at 2 p.m. Continue reading »

Jun 102014

The former Home Depot on 500 North Carrollton Avenue (Mid-City Messenger stock photo).

The former Mid-City Home Depot on North Carrollton Avenue — now owned by Rouses — will be turned into retail development, according to managing partner Donny Rouse.

The owner wouldn’t divulge, however, which retail company would be leasing the 55,000-square-foot space.

“I can’t really say anything else at the moment,” Rouse said, “other than it’s under contract with a developer, and it’s going to be used for retail.” Continue reading »

Jun 052014

Charter organizations were allowed to tour the Augustine Middle School building Wednesday. The building is for sale, and will be offered to the city’s operating charter schools first (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger.com).

The sign for the former Israel Meyer Augustine Middle School remains standing in the yard in front of the old building in Mid-City’s South Broad Street. Aside from a few cracks in the facade, and security shutters sealing the windows, it’s easy to imagine children filing out the abandoned New Orleans school building tomorrow, skipping down its signature grand staircase.

The building’s innards, however, reveal a different story. Paint peels off the rusted doorways, and a layer of dust covers floors stripped of their former furnishings. Sunlight peers in through cracks in the window sills and parts of the second floor ceiling are missing altogether, revealing the support rafters above. An old safe sits abandoned in a classroom with an antique sink and built-in shelving, near an abandoned eggshell that once housed a baby pigeon. Continue reading »

Apr 172014
Friends of Lafitte Corridor is hosting a fundraiser tonight to raise money for the Lafitte Greenway, organizers announced in a press release.
General admission tickets cost $55 and will include an open bar, food and music. The money will go to making sure the Greenway “has all of the amenities needed to make it a true gem of the New Orleans landscape,” according to the release. Continue reading »
Mar 282014

(Photo courtesy of NOLA Trash Mob)

The NOLA Trash Mob, a volunteer organization that convenes to clean up litter in several New Orleans neighborhoods, will be meeting at Conti Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway this weekend, organizer Daniel Paschall said in an email to community members.

“We’ll be revisiting one of our ‘greatest hits’ of trash mobs,” Paschall wrote. “And if you’re wondering, there is at least less trash each time we come back, but it is unfortunately reappearing enough so that we do come back.” Continue reading »