Dec 062019
 

Milton and Allyson Hernandez, with Benji, stand in front of a vintage cooler that will be used to store wine. (Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger 

For Allyson and Milton Hernandez, the dream of opening a wine shop just off Oak Street started fermenting back in June.

“We live in the neighborhood and didn’t see anything like it,” said Milton Hernandez, with Allyson Hernandez adding: “We thought ‘why not us.’” Continue reading »

Nov 272019
 

1901 Sophie Wright Place (via City Planning Commission)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

The wners of 1901-07 Sophie Wright Place met with neighbors in the Lower Garden District on Tuesday, Non. 16, about their plans to turn a second-floor unit into a short-term rental.  Continue reading »

Nov 202019
 

A rendering shows how the proposed office complex would look on Magazine and Melpomene. (EskewDumezRipple)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

The monthly board meeting of the Lower Garden District Association on Monday featured a presentation on plans for a new office and retail building at 1335 Magazine St.

The three-story building will include features such as meditation areas, a library, co-working space and a two-level terrace — making it stand out as a modern office building. “When you enter this courtyard, the idea is for it to feel like a spa,” said Patrick Schindler, president of Felicity Property Co., the real estate firm behind the project.

But while the presenters promised that the space would be Zen, some audience members at the meeting seemed to think of the building plan was just Zzzz. Continue reading »

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Nov 132019
 

Rendering of the proposed New Orleans Racquet Club by Olivia Erwin Interiors. (neworleansracquetclub.com)

The City Planning Commission gave its support Tuesday to allowing Kevin Chaouat, a former Xavier University tennis player and now a coach at Xavier, to establish a tennis club to the Dixon area.

The City Council had voted Thursday, Nov. 7, to approve an amendment to Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that allows country clubs in residential neighborhoods. The tennis center is classified as a “country club” for zoning purposes. The City Council now has to revisit the issue, to vote on allowing Chaouat’s project as a conditional use.

Chaouat has said he wants to create a tennis center that is a place for play and instruction at all levels, from beginner to professional. The business plan for his New Orleans Racquet Club includes accessibility for Dixon community members, particularly children. Continue reading »

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Oct 092019
 

Nicole Eiden and Marielle Dupré of Windowsill Pies will soon be able to set up their windowsill in their own cafe. (Stephen Binns, courtesy of Windowsill Pies)

A new addition will soon join the mix of restaurants along Freret Street. This one will offer all-natural handmade pies, both sweet and savory. Continue reading »

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Sep 242019
 

The Tulane University Police Department wants to build a new station across from The Boot, a popular student bar at the corner of Zimpel and Broadway. The station, a command center for off-campus patrols, would be built on an empty lot where a fraternity house was razed. (Sharon Lurye, Uptown Mesenger)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

Students who like to party at The Boot on Saturday nights may have to deal with a new neighbor next year: the cops.

The Tulane University Police Department wants to build a new station across from The Boot, a popular student bar at the corner of Zimpel Street and Broadway.  The station would serve as a command center for the department’s off-campus patrols, and would be open 24/7. Continue reading »

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Sep 202019
 

1428 Terpsichore St.

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

The owner of a Lower Garden District property, long used for offices, is seeking to rezone the building from residential to commercial.

RCI Hospitality Holdings, a Houston-based publicly traded adult entertainment company, purchased 1428 Terpsichore St. in April. It is seeking to rezone its newly acquired property as commercial, claiming it was mistakenly categorized as residential during the city’s zone restructuring in 2015. Continue reading »

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Sep 172019
 

Happy Raptor co-founders Meagen Moreland-Taliancich, Mark Taliancich and Peter Rivera are converting a Central City storage facility into a micro-distillery and tasting room. (courtesy of Happy Raptor Distilling)

Happy Raptor Distilling plans to start producing its signature line of craft spirits, 504Rum, this fall in Central City.

Once the site of a graffiti-covered storage facility, the distillery’s location at 1512 Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive (a two-block stretch of Carondelet Street) is nestled in a high-traffic but often overlooked area. The micro-distillery will feature a 2,000-square-foot production space and tasting room with an adjacent back patio. Continue reading »

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Sep 172019
 

The site for the proposed tennis club. (via City Planning Commission)

A community meeting is planned for the proposed tennis club at Palmetto and Monroe streets in the Dixon neighborhood.

The tennis center is the dream of Kevin Chaouat, a former Xavier University tennis player and now coach at Xavier. Chaouat has said he wants to create a tennis center that is a place for play, from beginner to professional, and for instruction at all levels. The business plans include accessibility to the facility for community members, particularly children. Continue reading »

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Sep 162019
 

A rendering of El Cucuy New Orleans, now under construction on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Irish Channel. (El Cucuy New Orleans via Facebook)

A heavy metal and South American folklore-themed taco restaurant and bar — specializing in trompo al pastor tacos, homemade tortillas and algave spirits — is coming to the Irish Channel,  Eater NOLA reports. Continue reading »

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Sep 152019
 

Sponsored by Korman Gerrity Real Estate

I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my monthly “Yo Joe!” column, I’ll be answering your real estate questions as well as providing market information and housing statistics.

I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope to help the New Orleans community make more informed decisions about their housing future.

Yo Joe! It’s been a while. What’s going on?

Yes, it has. Honestly, I’ve been taking on a lot more than I’m used to, and writing this fell by the wayside. I’m formally bringing on a few partners who I’ve been working with for a while,  and together we’re rebranding the brokerage. I launched a New Orleans-based CBD manufacturing company, Crescent Canna, which is now on shelves all over the city. 

Also, I’m still a child at heart so I have a hard time doing anything that can even be conceived of as “school” work during summer vacation…

With that said, I’m handing this edition off to William “Buddy” King, who is the Senior Realtor at Korman Gerrity. He’s been working locally with buyers and sellers for over five years after spending time as a New Orleans teacher. Buddy is without a doubt one of the most professional and competent realtors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

Continue reading »

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Sep 132019
 

The fourplex at 919 Jackson Ave. was briefly on the market in 2018, according to realtor.com. (photo via realtor.com)

A Lower Garden District property owner’s appeal to regain his short-term rental licenses was spurned by the Board of Zoning Adjustments this week, giving an indication of the city’s stand on grandfathering in short-term rentals. Continue reading »

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Sep 132019
 

A rendering of the Allie Mae Multi-Service Center by VergesRome.

Central City Library is moving to a new, larger location this fall: the Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center at 2020 Jackson Ave., the New Orleans Public Library announced. Continue reading »

Sep 092019
 

Faubourg Wine Shop is pursuing a second location at 4601 Dryades St. in the space currently occupied by Polite Society, which is moving to Magazine Street.   (via Google Maps)

The owner of Faubourg Wine Shop in the Marigny has been looking for a second location, and she may have found it Uptown on a Dryades Street corner.

Wine shop proprietor Catherine James said she likes the largely residential nature of the spot at 4601 Dryades, between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues. “The type of store that I run is a community store,” said James, who has been holding neighborhood meetings to gauge the response to the store, a requirement of the City Planning Commission’s approval process. Continue reading »

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Sep 062019
 

The former drugstore on Carrollton Avenue and Oak Street. The Canseco family is planning changes to the building’s facade. (via Google Maps)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Canseco’s Market is coming to Carrollton Avenue and Oak Street and, if last night’s neighborhood meeting is any indication, the area’s residents are excited.

Necessitated by the zoning districts it will operate in, the grocery store held the Neighborhood Participation Project meeting to seek two separate conditional use approvals: the ability to sell alcohol and tobacco, and the ability to operate between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet of sales space. Continue reading »

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