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

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 142018

The building at 1837 Magazine Street used to be the home of Jim Russell Rare Records. (via city of New Orleans)

(via unionramen.com)

Union Ramen, a new restaurant planned by a founding partner of the Eiffel Society, recently held its first meeting with Lower Garden District neighbors as it seeks the city’s permission to open in the Magazine Street building that formerly held Jim Russell Rare Records. Continue reading »

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Jun 082018

The pink area approximates a section of Uptown included in the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee. Darker shaded sections are under various levels of control by the Historic District Landmarks Commission. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

The Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee — which oversees demolition requests in a swath of Uptown from Hollygrove to Central City, essentially all of Uptown not governed by historic districts — has been reauthorized for another year. Continue reading »

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Jun 052018

(via City of New Orleans)

The owners of the McDonald’s business on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District are seeking the city’s permission for a major reconstruction project, reorganizing the interior and reconfiguring the building on its three lots, according to documents filed with the city. Continue reading »

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Jun 052018

Leadership from the NOPD, along with NOFD and EMS, accepted a generous offer of free swim training for New Orleans First Responders at Dryades YMCA Aquatic and Wellness Center on Monday, June 4.

photo courtesy of the NOPD Public Information Office

In the wake of First District Officer Brian Frank rescuing a driver from flood water under the Carrollton overpass on Friday, May 18, local leaders demonstrated their commitment to First Responders by creating an initiative that gives officers access to the tools they need to serve and protect. Continue reading »

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May 302018

The building at Louisiana Avenue, photographed in December 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Council gave tentative approval to the long-deferred “Love Kreme” ice cream parlor proposed for Louisiana Avenue, but like the similarly controversial Subway sandwich shop on Magazine Street, City Councilman Jay H. Banks said he plans to meet with both sides personally before allowing the ordinance to be drafted. Continue reading »

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May 252018

(image via city of New Orleans)

The Subway sandwich shop proposed for Magazine Street received tentative approval from the City Council on Thursday, but City Councilman Jay H. Banks promised to prevent the ordinance allowing it from being drafted until he can have more meetings between the developer and neighborhood groups who spoke in opposition. Continue reading »

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May 242018

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 “Framework” commercial development on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District — which will feature a bar from the owners of Tujaque’s — has been postponed by a month in the approval process while the owners work out a handful of design issues raised by city planners. Continue reading »

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May 222018

Freret Beer Annex is planned for 5012 Freret Street (on the far left), in the building next to Freret Beer Room at 5018 Freret. (via Google Maps)

The owner of the Freret Beer Room restaurant has received tentative approval to create the “Freret Beer Annex” packaged-liquor store next door, despite the objections of some nearby business owners. Continue reading »

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May 222018

A poster for Food Drunk, a food truck-based restaurant, withstands the weather. Inclement, damaging weather caused the cancellation of the first day of Bayou Boogaloo on Friday, May 18. (Zach Brien MidCityMessenger.com)

Days after a sudden Friday afternoon storm flooded parts of Mid-City yet again, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced her plans Tuesday morning to push infrastructure and drainage projects forward.

Cantrell promised to prioritize an urban water plan, that includes rainwater cisterns underneath Uptown parks, while working to free up funding for water mitigation and drainage projects held up in design processes. Read the full article by Claire Byun at MidCityMessenger.com.

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May 182018

District B City Councilman Jay H. Banks speaks at a neighborhood meeting in December 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Several residents in the Faubourg Marengo neighborhood say they’ve had to deal with a tar-like odor around – and sometimes within – their homes for several years, and their new City Councilman says he will try to find the cause of the smell.

About 10 people from the small community between Magazine and Tchoupitoulas near Napoleon Avenue have banded together to examine the source of the reported foul odor. The group, unofficially led by Eric Eagan, met for the first time Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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