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Mid-City residents oppose new plans for former Home Depot site

Mid-City residents voiced opposition of new site plans for the former Home Depot building on North Carrollton Avenue at the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization meeting Monday night.

The plans for 500 N. Carrolton Ave. include a strip mall anchored by a 13,000 square-foot CVS pharmacy. According to Avery Cootes, who represented developer First Hartford Reality Corp., CVS is the only official tenant thus far for the plans.

She added that the company is currently looking for local tenants to join the national chain.

“That at this point is the only signed, sealed, an delivered tenant,” Cootes said.

The new plans feature a re-use of the building that was a former Home Depot site with the addition of other buildings along North Scott Street and the Lafitte Greenway Corridor. The plans feature bridges, bike racks, water fountains and pet fountains in between the shopping center and the Greenway.

Cootes added that the project has worked closely with the Friends of Lafitte Corridor. Sophie Harris, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Corridor, confirmed, saying that Cootes and the team working on the project have been “really receptive” to their ideas.

But not everyone expressed satisfaction about the new strip mall design.

Brad Cousins, chair of MCNO, asked residents how they felt about the new proposed plans saying, “I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on this and I just want to get a temperature of the room. If you think this design is ugly, please raise your hand.”

About half of the 20 or so residents in attendance raised their hand.

“I think the architects were trying to reflect the Mid-City Market so that it is a unifying thing,” Cootes said.

“They missed badly on that,” a Mid-city resident said in response.

Cootes said that she would pass along the voiced opinions and concerns from the neighborhood meeting to the architects on the project and said that they would be open to coming to future meetings to further discuss construction plans with residents.

“We will get them here in front of you 100 percent,” Cootes said. “The CVS is ready to move forward so even if that building is developed and then later we do the greenway side development that is an option too.”

In other news, Councilwoman Susan Guidry announced that the City Council has appointed members to a new Mid-City and Parkview Historic Preservation Review Committee.

Guidry said that the members were nominated by the mayor and appointed by the City Council. Jennifer Farwell, former president of Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, was appointed, and stepped down from her presidency to take the position, according to Graham Bosworth, current president and former chair of the organization.

Lastly, Guidry announced that the Lafitte Greenway Corridor construction is 85 percent complete and will be opening this summer.

2 Replies to “Mid-City residents oppose new plans for former Home Depot site

  1. How about getting something USEFUL or, at least, interesting, in the mall? Last thing we need is pharmacy number 400 or Restaurant number 3000 in there.

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