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Demolition recommended for warehouses in proposed Torres development near Lafitte Greenway

3515 Conti (image via City of New Orleans)
3515 Conti (image via City of New Orleans)

Two Conti Street warehouses near the Lafitte Greenway received a recommendation for demolition this month by city officials, as planning continues on the development announced by New Orleans entrepreneur Sidney Torres IV last year.

Contractor David Carimi appeared before the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee to request the demolition of the warehouses at 3601 Conti and 3515 Conti on March 21. Both properties are within the footprint of the 9-acre site that Torres purchased last year, saying he envisioned a “community with apartments and houses, kayaks and paddle boards along the bayou, fire pits on the bank, children’s playgrounds as well as bike paths, a gymnasium, café and boutique hotel.

The specifics of that community are still under discussion with both the City Council and neighborhood leaders, Carimi told the demolition committee.

“They’re doing that before going into the planning stage involving the architects,” Carimi said. “[There are] a
lot of different discussions, but I think it will involve residential with some commercial use along the lines of restaurants and shopping.”

The demolition proposal involves the two warehouse structures and the surface parking lots, Carimi said. After a few brief questions from committee members, the NCDAC voted unanimously in favor of the demolition, sending their recommendation to the City Council for final approval.

3601 Conti (image via City of New Orleans)
3601 Conti (image via City of New Orleans)

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