Dec 132018
 

City Councilmen Jay H. Banks (left) and Joe Giarrusso III attend their first meeting of the City Council on May 7. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

District B City Councilman Jay H. Banks will be the council’s appointed representative to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, following Saturday’s sweeping decision by city voters to return a council member to the board of the embattled utility. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018
 

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine St. slated to become the home of “The Fallen Saint” immersive theater show. (photo via city of New Orleans)

The city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments sided with the developers of the “Fallen Saint” immersive-theater venue on lower Magazine Street this week, rejecting a challenge to the project by opponents of the project and essentially clearing the way for final approval by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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Dec 122018
 

The jaguar habitat at Audubon Zoo. (via Audubon Nature Institute)

New Orleans voters will decide in May whether to reallocate a portion of the tax money now dedicated to the Audubon Commission, giving the zoo and aquarium long-term but sharply reduced funding, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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Dec 112018
 

A rendering of the McDonald’s proposed for 3321 St. Charles Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

The City Council gave McDonald’s approval to redevelop its St. Charles Avenue restaurant at its Dec. 6 meeting. The two-story structure in the Garden District will be torn down and replaced.

Planners and preservationists have been working with the fast-food chain for two years to determine an appropriate design for a purpose that the city has deemed inappropriate for the area. Fast-food restaurants are now essentially barred from the St. Charles overlay district, which has specific restrictions to make the area more pedestrian friendly and less auto-centric.

With the current building deemed a nonconforming use, the reconstruction project required a text amendment to the comprehensive zoning ordinance and a conditional-use permit. Both received City Council approval on Thursday.

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Dec 102018
 

A rendering of the Drive Shack golf facility at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

By Claire Byun, cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Future customers of the New Orleans Drive Shack — located in the former Times Picayune building on Howard Avenue — will pay 2 percent more in sales tax after City Council unanimously approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. The city will receive a portion of the funds to pay for street improvements around the golf entertainment hub. Continue reading »

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Dec 072018
 

Superintendent Michael Harrison is inviting residents to take an inside look at the New Orleans Police Department by joining the NOPD Citizens Police Academy.

Individuals interested in joining the CPA will have an opportunity to learn more about the NOPD and the criminal justice in a fun and interactive setting.

The CPA is a seven week program that will take place on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, 2019, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at various NOPD facilities.

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Dec 052018
 

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NORD Commission CEO Larry Barabino, Jr.

Larry Barabino, Jr. (pictured) named NORD Commission CEO (via NORDC)

The New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission approved Larry Barabino, Jr. as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at a Commission meeting at City Hall on Tuesday (Dec. 4).

The NORDC Executive Search Committee voted unanimously to recommend Barabino after a three-month search that included nearly 100 applicants and three finalists. Continue reading »

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Nov 302018
 

Tiger Paw Daiquiris was denied a permit to operate out of the storefront at 1610 St. Charles Ave. (UptownMessenger.com archive)

A controversial plan for a daiquiri shop in the Lower Garden District was scuttled Thursday when the City Council unanimously backed Councilman Jay Banks’ motion to deny a conditional use permit for the storefront building at 1610 St. Charles Ave.

The decision came after the months of vocal opposition from neighborhood groups, with members bringing up the unruly crowds that gathered outside the Daiquiri Place Café, two blocks away at 1401 St. Charles Ave. That business was shut down in 2012 after the city revoked its liquor license due to repeated, multiple violations. Banks said his decision was also influenced by childhood memories of living around the corner from a nuisance bar. Continue reading »

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Nov 292018
 

2018 Quality of Life Survey includes City Council, crime, affordable housing, traffic cameras and more

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has a 57 percent job approval rating overall, according to the 2018 Quality of Life Survey conducted by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. The survey, known as the UNO Poll, also found that Orleans Parish residents consider crime to be the biggest problem facing the parish, and nearly half of New Orleans residents approve of the job the City Council is doing.

Mayor Cantrell Job Approval Rating 2018

Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s job approval results from the UNO Survey Research Center’s 2018 Quality of Life Survey (via UNO)

The survey of 500 Orleans Parish voters and 500 Jefferson Parish voters took place from Oct. 17 to Nov. 5. There is a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.4 percent. Continue reading »

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Nov 292018
 

Prytania Street was transformed into a pit in 2015 for the installation of new drainage canals underground. (photo courtesy of Manual Mondragon, @mm_dragon on Twitter)

A civil judge found the Sewerage & Water Board liable this week for more than $500,000 in damages to 11 homes along the major Napoleon Avenue drainage project, awarding sums ranging from $13,000 to $110,000 to the individual homeowners as hundreds more cases remain pending. Continue reading »

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Nov 262018
 

via NORD Commission

The Executive Search Committee of the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission will host a public forum with their three CEO finalists tonight (Nov. 26) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

The open forum will afford the public an opportunity to hear brief opening presentations from each candidate, followed by a moderated question and answer session. Continue reading »

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Nov 172018
 

The Sewerage & Water Board issued a precautionary boil water advisory Saturday morning for the entire east bank of New Orleans.

A drop in water pressure led to the advisory, according to the agency.

The city’s Office of Emergency Preparedness issued the following guidelines on taking safe precautions during the boil water advisory.

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Nov 142018
 

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

A sketch of the proposed second-story addition to the building at 7457 St. Charles Avenue. (via city of New Orleans)

A nail salon proposed for a university-area building on St. Charles Avenue that has been a number of short-lived restaurants in recent years won initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and it will include the addition of a new second-story living space — despite some some neighbors concerns’ that parking is already too tough even with the space currently vacant. Continue reading »

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Nov 132018
 

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street slated to become the home of “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre show. (photo via city of New Orleans)

The latest challenge to the zoning of a new immersive-theatre venue in a Magazine Street warehouse at the edge of the Lower Garden District was postponed Monday to December, after the building owners countered with the allegation that their critics have missed the deadline to object. Continue reading »

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Nov 122018
 

Richard Perque in a photo released on social media after Tuesday’s election. (via Facebook)

Attorney Richard Perque has made no endorsement in the runoff between Omar Mason and Marie Williams after his close third-place finish in the election for judge of Civil District Court Division E. Continue reading »

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