Mar 202019
 

Preliminary rendering of the Carrollton Courthouse redevelopment (courtesy of Waggoner & Ball)

The City Council rejected an appeal Thursday from a neighborhood group wanting to send the Carrollton Courthouse renovation plans back to the Historic District Landmarks Commission, but it could put the design for an assisted living facility in the historic building back on the drawing board anyway.

The Maple Area Residents Inc., or MARI, objected to the commission’s “conceptual approval” of the developer’s plans, citing concerns with the additions to the original building. Continue reading »

Mar 152019
 

First responders speak at the scene of a car crash in the 3200 block of Esplanade avenue around 9 p.m. on Saturday.  The NOPD reports two bicyclists were hit and killed by a driver. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Tashonty Toney (via Orleans Parish jail)

The testing to determine whether the driver was intoxicated in the March 2 crash that killed two bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue is still being conducted at the state crime lab, New Orleans police said late this week. Continue reading »

Mar 142019
 

Kathleen Fitzgerald marches on Magazine Street with the Irish Famine Orphan Society in the 2018 Irish Channel parade.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

It seems like the Carnival parades just passed by, and it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Channel Parade. On Saturday, March 16, cabbages, kisses and green bling will be flying along the parade route.

Riders on the “Jennifer and Christy’s Rebelettes Celebrating Holly Arnold” float roll down Magazine Street in 2018. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 142019
 

Galactic drummer Stanton Moore performs on the Acura Stage in 2017. Galactic, Diana Ross and the Dave Matthews Band are among the headliners the millage vote will compete with for voters’ attention. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The special election that includes the proposal to reallocate the funding for the city’s parks and recreation facilities will take place May 4 — on the second weekend of Jazz Fest, Claire Byun reports in Mid-City Messenger, a day that many locals plan to spend listening to Galactic or Aaron Neville, not heading into the voting booth for a single issue. Continue reading »

Mar 142019
 

Council on Aging Director Howard Rodgers with seniors William Larce and Barbara Bloodworth at the Carrollton Hollygrove Multi-purpose Center. (Danae Columbus, UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

On Saturday, March 30, New Orleanians will vote on a 2-mill property tax that would fund services for seniors. If approved, the new millage is expected to generate $6.6 million annually. The “average” New Orleans homeowner would pay less than $100 per year.

I am one of almost 80,000 people aged 55 and over who live in Orleans Parish. Together we represent almost 25 percent of the city’s population. Experts agree that older adults are the most under-served population in our community. Though I have never participated in any of the programs offered seniors by the New Orleans Council on Aging or even through my church, I know how vital they are to the health and welfare of those served. Continue reading »

Mar 122019
 

Plan for the lot at 1213 Magazine St., as provided in the NPP notice to neighbors.  (Verges Rome)

By Jesse Baum

Heirloom Properties, the owner of multiple short-term rental properties, is seeking to transform an empty Lower Garden District lot into a two-suite boutique hotel

The lot stands at 1213 Magazine St., between Thalia and Erato streets. Heirloom, its owner, runs 25-30 short-term rental properties, including one directly next door to the 1213 Magazine lot.

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Mar 112019
 

by Kristine Froeba

This sign has recently appeared at Rue de la Course on Oak and Carrollton. (via Facebook)

Uptown restaurants and coffee houses are about to remove outdoor sidewalk seating due to what some local business owners see as cost prohibitive fees being levied by the city.

Many residents are expressing their unhappiness on social media. “You are killing small businesses that are the lifeblood of this city,” said New Orleans’ Katie Winters on Facebook.

The city is letting businesses know it will enforce an ordinance that requires restaurants, cafés and coffeehouses to obtain a permit for sidewalk seating. Businesses in the high-traffic neighborhoods along the river will pay at least $350 annually for each of their sidewalk tables. Continue reading »

Mar 082019
 

(via roadwork.nola.gov)

The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, is now more than 80 percent complete constructing a road and infrastructure improvement project on Cherokee Street between Benjamin and Pearl streets.

The project in the Black Pearl neighborhood was designed by Professional Engineering Consultants Corp. and is being built by Fleming Construction Co.

Construction crews have been installing rain gardens and bio swales. The majority of the pervious (allows water to move through) parking lanes have been installed across the length of the project.

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Mar 062019
 

The Civic Leadership Academy helps community leaders interact more effectively with city government. (via Neighborhood Engagement Office)

The Office of Neighborhood Engagement is inviting residents to participate in one of the office’s most popular initiatives, the Civic Leadership Academy.

This is an eight-week program that provides residents with an in-depth look at city government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider’s view of how the city operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action toward the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

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Feb 222019
 

The current parks millage provides funding for the Audubon zoo and aquarium. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Council on Thursday passed the cooperative endeavor agreement that unites the four major entities that manage greenspace and recreation facilities for the city, although it would take effect without the passage of a millage reallocation that goes on the ballot in May.

The agreement unifies the oversight for the city’s park and recreation assets under the cooperative plan. It includes City Park, the Audubon Commission, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, and Parks and Parkways.

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Feb 212019
 

Despite a light rain, enthusiastic crowds gather on Napoleon Avenue for the Orpheus parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com file)

Well before the first marching band strikes up in the Oshun parade on Friday evening, city officials have been working to make this year’s Uptown parade season safe and enjoyable.

Trees have been trimmed, response plans tested, first-aid and lost-child stations have been set up, porta-potties are in place and information lines and apps established. The city is also asking parade-goers and neighborhood residents to do their part by showing consideration for all. Continue reading »

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Feb 112019
 

The building at 7457 St. Charles Ave. has been vacant since 2017. (via City Planning Commission)

Plans for a nail salon on St. Charles Avenue near the universities were scuttled after the City Council failed to vote on a zoning-change request within 60 days of City Planning Commission’s recommendation.

The Planning Commission was unanimous in its support of La Vang Pearl, the company that purchased 7457 St. Charles Ave. to turn it into a nail salon. The building at Cherokee Street, originally a grocery store, was home to a number of short-lived restaurants in recent years.

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Feb 112019
 

Court Watch NOLA discusses the DA’s practice of jailing victims to force them to testify during the Feb. 7 City Council meeting. (courtesy of New Orleans City Council)

The City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance to create a uniform regulatory framework for school buses, adopted a resolution urging Orleans Parish criminal justice entities to cease the practice of jailing victims to compel them to testify, received a presentation and CPR demonstration from the American Heart Association in celebration of Heart Month, and adopted a resolution supporting legislative initiatives to create financial relief options for longtime property owners.

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Feb 082019
 

Mayor LaToya Cantrell speaks to attendees of a District B community meeting at Lyons Recreation Center on Thursday. Cantrell appeared on a millage reallocation for parks in New Orleans. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Mayor LaToya Cantrell took her administration’s push at reallocating property taxes for parks to the grassroots level Thursday, Feb. 7, speaking to a group of mostly supportive residents at a meeting at Lyons Recreation Center, asking them to approve a May 4 ballot measure doing so.

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Feb 042019
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and parks officials are holding a community meeting on the citywide parks and recreation millage proposal on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The District B meeting will be held in the from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lyons Recreational Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.

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