Jul 132018

State Rep. Stephanie Hilferty discusses a resolution creating a task force to study the Sewerage & Water Board with Rep. Royce Duplessis, also of New Orleans, prior to the bill’s passage May 16. (photo via Louisiana House of Representatives)

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The state legislature is creating a new task force to study the endemic problems at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans — an entity it created more than a century ago — and has requested a report within six months on whether the agency should continue to exist.

City Councilman Joe Giarrusso III — who chairs the council’s public works committee that has been investigating some of the same issues — praised the step, saying that the state’s focus on the agency’s long-term structure will allow him to focus more on correcting its day-to-day management issues. Continue reading »

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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A rendering of the proposed CubeSmart storage facility on Tchoupitoulas that was withdrawn from City Council consideration this week.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A self-storage facility proposed for Tchoupitoulas Street that drew opposition from the Irish Channel last month was withdrawn from consideration by the City Council on Thursday, officials said.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 092018

Mario Zervigon, left, touches on how maintaining relationships in the state legislature helped pass the unanimous jury bill during a New Orleans Coalition meeting. From left: Representative Royce Duplessis; Sarah Omojola, director of the Welcoming Project; and Senator J.P. Morrell.

Members of the New Orleans Coalition gathered Uptown Sunday afternoon to discuss the fate of – and the impact of – criminal justice reform legislation in Louisiana. Senator J.P. Morrell and Representative Royce Duplessis were on hand to recap the most recent legislative session and how each bill was successfully passed, as well as what issues will be front and center next year. Sarah Omojola, former Policy Counsel for Southern Poverty Law Center and current Director of the Welcoming Project, touched on the legislative process from an advocacy level. Mario Zervigon, of the Zervigon Consulting Group, moderated the panel.

Both Morrell and Duplessis touched on how term limits will affect the new representatives’ learning curves, since the number of experiences legislators dwindle every year. Duplessis said leaning on longtime senators helped him learn the ins and outs of the legislative process. Losing older Republicans to newly elected ones who lack “flexibility and are drunk on their election” is going to be one of the most devastating impacts from term limits, Morrlel said. Continue reading »

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Jul 092018

Exploratory work preceded the Cherokee Street rebuilding project. (photo via city of New Orleans)

City workers have begun digging up a two-block stretch of Cherokee Street in order to replace its utility lines and repave the asphalt afterward, and the project is expected to last until the end of the year, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

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Jul 052018

Three houses in the project are on the front of the 3400 block of South Liberty Street, while three others are in the rear. (via Google)

A developer’s plan to renovate a cluster of double shotguns on South Liberty Street into a series of two-family cottages is being hailed as a model of affordable historic renovation by neighbors, other builders and preservation activists as the project nears a hearing before the City Planning Commission next week.

An overhead view of the six cottages being renovated in the 3400 block of South Liberty Street. (via Google)

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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 new master plan for Audubon Park received its final, unanimous approval from the Audubon Commission on Tuesday night in spite of a show of opposition from the public — not for anything contained in the plan, but for its exclusion from discussion of the golf course or the park’s financial future. Continue reading »

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Jun 272018

The new commander of the Uptown-based NOPD Second District, Jennifer Dupree (second from left), attends a September 2015 news conference with other ranking officers and (at far right) NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A series of promotions within the upper leadership of the New Orleans Police Department has brought the Second District a new commander, but she will be a familiar face to Uptown residents. Continue reading »

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