Jul 132018

A rendering of the proposed CubeSmart storage facility on Tchoupitoulas that was withdrawn from City Council consideration this week. (via city of New Orleans)

A self-storage facility proposed for Tchoupitoulas Street that drew opposition from the Irish Channel last month was withdrawn from consideration by the City Council on Thursday, officials said. Continue reading »

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Jul 122018

A rendering dated May 21 of the expansion of Safeguard Storage on Erato Street. (via city of New Orleans)

The proposal by Safeguard Self Storage to expand into a new three-story building next door to its current location on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District received easy approval from the City Planning Commission this week, despite staff concerns about the amount of parking that will be provided. Continue reading »

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Jul 112018

A rendering of the Driveshack golf facility under consideration at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

The sales tax at the new Drive Shack golfing-entertainment complex that is proposed to replace the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue should be 2 cents higher than in the rest of New Orleans, in part to pay for the costs of redeveloping the site, the developers told City Council members on Tuesday.

The developers are also seeking to have the property tax increased gradually as the development grows, rather than all at once, in order to make the costs of business there more predictable, they said. Both requests, they said, will only allow them to dip into new tax money that will be created at Drive Shack, rather than reducing any tax flow already into the city.

“We’re not asking for an incentive that would take any of the city’s money,” attorney Michael Sherman told the City Council’s economic development committee on Tuesday.

Workers begin removing the murals from the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue in preparation for its expected demolition. (read more from WWL-TV)

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Jul 102018

via New Orleans & Co.

New Orleans & Company is hosting its July Job Fest in partnership with District B City Councilmember Jay Banks and . The event is Wednesday, July 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.

Jobs include Electrical Apprentice for Audubon Nature Institute, Concessions Managers for the Zoo & the Aquarium, and more. Continue reading »

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Jul 062018

California residents Teila Evans, Zena Dave’, Destiny Bennett head to the second line parade which kicked off the 24th annual Essence Music Festival. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

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Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Oakland California residents Teila Evans, Destiny Bennett and Zena Dave’ couldn’t be more excited about the 24th Annual Essence Music Festival which opened Thursday and runs through Sunday. “This is our first time to attend Essence. We’ve been planning this trip for months and are going to take in as many activities as possible,” said Evans, who manages client partnerships at a California company called Envoy. Dave’ is a marketing manager and Bennett works in social media. Female professionals are Essence’s target audience.

Since the Essence Festival began in 1994 almost 500,000 people have attended the empowerment seminars and marketplace at the Morial Convention Center, the evening concerts at the Louisiana Superdome and the myriad special events. This year will be no different. The empowerment seminars have become so popular that they are now dubbed the “Essence Empowerment Experience” and will occupy an even larger footprint. Already 70,000 people have signed up for one of the eight conference tracks. Continue reading »

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Jul 032018

The d4 Tabletop Gaming Café, located at 8228 Oak Street, features board game competitions, board games to buy, play and rent. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The new d4 Tabletop Gaming Café offers a hub for New Orleans card and board game players to meet, eat, and play for hours long on Oak Street.

Owners Mark and Tracy Meyer opened the café in March this year. Mark Meyer is a city local with 20 years in the restaurant business, and Tracy Meyer has over 10 years in the business as a pastry cook. Meyer said he and his wife “dreamed up” the idea to combine their love for gaming with their cooking experience, since Meyer needed to create a job for himself after injuring his back. After a two year process, they opened d4 in March this year. Continue reading »

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Jul 032018

The building at 7457 St. Charles Avenue (via Google Maps)

The building on St. Charles Avenue that was host to both the Fat Hen Grocery and the Uptown expansion of Willie Mae’s Scotch House in recent years is being considered for a nail salon next, according to documents filed with the city. Continue reading »

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Jul 022018

The “Little Den” convenience store at 3336 South Claiborne Avenue is seeking permission to sell packaged liquor. (via city of New Orleans)

The “Little Den” convenience store at South Claiborne and Louisiana avenues has received a first round of approval from city officials for its request to sell packaged liquor. Continue reading »

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Jun 282018

A sign in a yard at Amelia and Chestnut streets protests the zoning change requested for the house across the street and its entire block. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dr. Robert Ancira speaks before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 26. (via City of New Orleans)

A proposal to rezone most of a block near Touro Infirmary for medical offices has sparked strong opposition among nearby neighbors, and the City Planning Commission agreed that the request creates too much uncertainty for the future of the neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Jun 272018

The Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue is seeking a change in use from a reception hall to a bar. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Eiffel Society wants to change its use from an event space to a bar, allowing it to charge a cover for patrons that the owner says he will invest into more improvements to the building, but neighbors already tired of late night parties at the St. Charles Avenue building say they are wary of granting any additional permissions there. Continue reading »

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Jun 212018

A rendering by Bell Architecture of the Framework building exterior on Magazine Street showing the central arcade leading to the courtyard in the rear. (via city of New Orleans)

The new bar from the owner of Tujaque’s proposed for the new “Framework” development on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District has received initial approval from city planners, satisfying their questions about design and moving on to the City Council for final approval. Continue reading »

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Jun 202018

Early concept art for one of the performance spaces in “The Fallen Saint,” an immersive theatre production slated for the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street. (courtesy of Proximity Entertainment)

A new form of avant garde immersive theatre popular in New York City is seeking to make a Magazine Street warehouse its home in New Orleans, producers of the project told Lower Garden District neighbors this week.

“The Fallen Saint” will combine live music and theatre in a series of intimate settings inside the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street, said Seth and Rosa Dunlap, the owners of the building. The building will also feature a full-service restaurant with live music that will operate even when the show is not running, they said.

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. (via Google Maps)

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Jun 202018

Joanne Close and Jim Yonkus are hoping to open an intimate wine shop at 1226 South White Street, if the BZA approves a required parking variance.

Developers are hoping to turn a vacant South White Street lot into an intimate wine shop, but three required parking spaces need to be waived in order for the space to be functional, the owners said.

Joanne Close and her husband Jim Yonkus are aiming to open a small wine store in the New Zion neighborhood just off South Broad Street. The property, a vacant lot at 1226 South White St., is zoned for heavy commercial use which requires the couple to add three off-street parking spots. But adding those parking spots would swallow up much of the already-tiny lot.

“We don’t have to have a huge building – it just has to be functional,” Close told a group of neighbors at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday. “Without the parking waiver, those spots would take up the whole lot.” Continue reading »

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Jun 192018

A rendering dated May 21 of the expansion of Safeguard Storage on Erato Street. (via city of New Orleans)

Safeguard Storage wants to add a three-story expansion next door to its five-story building on Erato Street, Lower Garden District neighbors learned Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 182018

The interior of the new Cherry location at 1581 Magazine. (via Cherry Coffee Roasters on Facebook)

The new sign for Cherry Coffee Roasters hangs at 1581 Magazine Street. (via Facebook)

Now that Cherry Coffee Roasters has settled into their new space on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, they are seeking to add a dinner menu and cocktails. Continue reading »

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