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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Jun 272018

The Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue is seeking a change in use from a reception hall to a bar. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Eiffel Society wants to change its use from an event space to a bar, allowing it to charge a cover for patrons that the owner says he will invest into more improvements to the building, but neighbors already tired of late night parties at the St. Charles Avenue building say they are wary of granting any additional permissions there. Continue reading »

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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)

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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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