The university posted a letter addressed to Councilwoman Susan Guidry and copied to each of her six colleagues late Wednesday afternoon on its official website for the stadium. The website also calls on supporters to email council members with language urging the council to withdraw the measure.
“Now that the Commission has made its recommendation after thoughtful deliberation, I respectfully request this item either be heard at your next meeting on June 28 or be withdrawn given the recommendation of the City Planning Commission,” Cowen writes in his letter. “We want to get this issue behind us to minimize further damage to the university and to continue our planning and dialogue with the community and appropriate city departments without the uncertainty this process has brought.”
Tulane has a second community meeting scheduled for Monday night specifically devoted to one of the thorniest issues surrounding any Uptown development: traffic and parking. Tulane senior vice president Yvette Jones told commissioners Tuesday that the majority of game-day parking will be handled through a park-and-ride system.
With the political future of the IZD seemingly dependent on a councilwoman appointed by a mayor who opposes the district, the most likely resolution to the debate between Tulane and surrounding residents may be a good-neighbor agreement. University officials alluded to the possibility of such a contract during the first community meeting, and Monday’s meeting may provide an update on progress in that direction.