Dec 132012

How to revitalize the Claiborne Avenue corridor from Napoleon Avenue down through the Treme area — such as whether to remove the Claiborne Avenue overpass — will be discussed in a final public meeting tonight (Thursday, Dec. 13) at the Dryades YMCA in Central City.

The first public meeting was held in the Mid-City area on Monday, according to a report from Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV:

For details about the study, see the following new release from the mayor’s office:


The Mayor Invites Residents to Meet on Important Planning Effort

The City of New Orleans is encouraging residents of Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes to attend a region-wide public meeting on December 8, or subsequent neighborhood meetings in the week of December 10, to discuss a federal and locally funded revitalization and transportation study of the Claiborne Avenue corridor. Called “Livable Claiborne Communities,” this study will analyze potential investments to improve transit and walkability; connect housing to jobs, schools and healthcare; advance sustainability; and promote livable neighborhoods and economic development. In addition to identifying community revitalization and economic development strategies, the study will investigate ways to mitigate the impacts of the elevated section of Interstate 10 over Claiborne Avenue including the feasibility of various alternatives for future transportation investments that may or may not include its removal. This $2,758,500 study is funded through a joint U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant and U.S. Department of Transportation/ Federal Highway Administration TIGER II Infrastructure Planning Grant which the City of New Orleans won in a competitive grant process.

Residents from around the city and the region are invited to a meeting on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dent Hall on Dillard University’s campus to learn more about the study and contribute their perspectives. The following week, residents and others in the core neighborhoods along the corridor are invited to attend one of four neighborhood-based meetings focusing on revitalization and economic development. A complete schedule of neighborhood meetings can be found below.

“We encourage all citizens to join their neighbors to consider the possibilities of the Claiborne Avenue corridor. Success could mean transforming this entire area into a more vibrant community,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We need to hear from those that live along the Claiborne Avenue corridor and from people throughout the region who use this vital transportation artery. Residents’ input will be invaluable in helping planners understand potential enhancements in each neighborhood and the transportation needs of the region.”

The Claiborne communities at the heart of the study lie along Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue, and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the river side. A map of this area is attached to this email.

Total funding for this study is $2,758,500 with funding coming from a $1,328,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant ($928,000 federal and $400,000 local match) and a $1,430,500 U.S. Department of Transportation/ Federal Highway Administration TIGER II Infrastructure Planning Grant ($1,072,000 federal and $358,000 local match). Local match funding is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy through a $155,000 Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Urban Development Action Grant funding. This DOT/HUD partnership is unprecedented in that federal agencies are pooling their resources to consider community building holistically rather than focus on individual scopes of work. Under President Obama’s Administration, government agencies are working collaboratively to promote walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure and Community Development Cedric Grant said, “Through an open and public process, we will look at options around transportation, revitalization, economic development and sustainability. We will explore the ideas and questions raised in an effort to compare a range of potential options for the 3.9 mile stretch of corridor.”

The Livable Claiborne Communities study will be complete in August 2013.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dryades YMCA
2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Central City, BW Cooper

  One Response to “Final meeting on Claiborne corridor revitalization study to be held in Central City”

  1. The locations of many of these public planning meetings are very dangerous to begin with.

    Next, they are in rapid succession as well, with no time to think or discuss the input from the previous meetings.

    Anything on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd is just plain dangerous, homeless drug addicts near the i-10 and drug and crack dealers on either side.

    Is it any wonder why many can’t, for fear of being shot, but do desire to say something at those meetings? Wasn’t that crime family and Telly Hankton, indicted under the anti-gang laws just a month or so ago the ones who lived around this YMCA area?

    Reference from 22-count racketeering indictment:
    “2. This organization has historically encompassed the Uptown Central City area of New Orleans, Louisiana, and was primarily concentrated in the area bordered by Jackson Avenue, St. Andrew Street, Simon Bolivar and Oretha Castle Haley, with the nucleus of the territory being on Josephine Street from 1996 to the present.”

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