City planners are “skeptical” about McDonald’s plan to demolish their two-story restaurant on St. Charles Avenue and replace it with a new building designed to be more manageable for staff, but will continue talks with the corporation’s architects and attorneys for another month before making a recommendation, they said this week.
The former Publiq House building on Freret Street should be allowed to be converted into a grocery store, with a new 24-unit condo building constructed over the adjacent parking lot, the City Planning Commission voted Tuesday afternoon.
The commission voted 5-2 to recommend that the City Council allow the entire project at 4528 Freret as proposed by Neighborhood Housing Services, the building owner, and Green Coast Enterprises, the developer. No tenant has been selected for the grocery yet, because the developers did not want to start the leasing process before they were sure the project would be allowed, said Will Bradshaw of the Green Coast Enterprises.
“We think there’s an interesting opportunity to create an urban grocery store,” Bradshaw said.
The commission’s vote essentially allows six more condo units than the planning staff had recommended, because it allows the rezoning of the back portion of the parking lot facing LaSalle Street to commercial. The planning staff — and the two commissioners who voted against it — said allowing the condo unit to extend through the lot to LaSalle Street represented too much commercial incursion into the neighborhood.
“I can’t support something that would intrude on the neighborhood, as this would,” said Commissioner Kelly Brown, who had proposed holding the developers to the staff recommendation of an 18-unit condo building. “I’m not sure why we would consider zoning LaSalle in the middle of that block commercial.”
The other commissioners, however, said they felt the project was worthy, praising the creating of a grocery, the seven affordable housing units out of the 24 proposed, and Green Coast’s plan to make the building have “net zero” energy consumption, generating as much solar power on the roof as the building consumes.
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By Nicholas Riemann
Special to Uptown Messenger
On Feb. 14, 1957, a crucial moment of American history was made in Central City, when Martin Luther King Jr. came to the New Zion Baptist Church on Third Street to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, what would become one of the country’s foremost African-American civil-rights organizations.
The only marker commending the group’s founding, though? A plaque on the edge of the church’s property. But there’s a dream to change that — one that’s now starting to become a reality.
The new headquarters of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District in Gert Town — as well as the new indoor pool on the same lot — are nearly complete after more than a year of construction, but no opening date has been announced.
The inside, downtown-bound lane of two Garden District blocks of St. Charles Avenue is expected to close for at least a week as part of the ongoing repaving project there, the city of New Orleans announced.
Leading short-term rental advocates held a community discussion Thursday night on ideas for changes to the laws governing the controversial topic in New Orleans, tapping into the deep well of frustration with the city’s rental market from nearly all sides.
Cherry Coffee, the cafe that first launched in a former firehouse near Wisner Park, has won an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the City Planning Commission to convert its second location in the Lower Garden District into a restaurant.
Low water pressure is expected Tuesday on Cherokee Street while a new water line is installed, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans said.
The Subway sandwich shop that became the latest flashpoint in the conversation about chain restaurants on Magazine Street has withdrawn its application to open in a partially vacant strip mall there, New Orleans city officials said.
The outside travel and parking lanes on both sides of St. Charles Avenue will be closed for the rest of August and much of September for drainage work and road reconstruction, city officials said.
After months of negotiations over a controversial proposal for a small ice-cream parlor on Louisiana Avenue and even a tentative vote in its favor, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously Thursday against allowing the business — yet again demonstrating the council’s growing intolerance of short-term rentals deemed problematic by neighbors.
The ongoing reconstruction of South Galvez Street will require a temporary detour on Martin Luther King Boulevard so contractors can perform exploratory work under the street, the city of New Orleans announced.
Five years ago, a daiquiri shop on St. Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District drew such consistently out-of-control crowds that the city of New Orleans ultimately revoked their alcohol license.
Now, the owners of a Baton Rouge daiquiri shop want to open nearby and promise better management, but nearby residents and business owners voiced strong opposition to the idea, saying no promises or good intentions will keep it from becoming more of the same.
I used to think that purchasing a “whole house” generator or putting a dozen or more solar panels on my roof was an unnecessary expense. Now I am reconsidering those options after surviving a recent brownout on one of those 100 degree days – and realizing the electricity is going out in New Orleans neighborhoods far too often.