The City Planning Commission’s 6-2 vote in favor of the proposed Costco on South Carrollton wasn’t for any lack of support for the project. In fact, the two dissenting votes were from members who said the city’s recommendations don’t support Costco enough.
A neighbor returned from a road trip last week, and their first text to me upon being back in New Orleans said, “What’s with the hack job on the oak trees on Napoleon between Freret and St Charles???” Indeed.
The law that allows Tulane to build a football stadium on campus without any oversight from city leaders may be out of date, and the construction project may raise serious issues that need more scrutiny, but the university ought not to be made to follow regulations that are not yet on the books, the city planning commission ruled on Tuesday.
By a 7-1 vote, the commissioners will recommend against creating an interim zoning district that would require universities to seek city permission for large construction projects. What remains to be seen is whether Tulane’s victory Tuesday is fleeting — as the same City Council members who voted to begin the IZD process can ignore the recommendation and vote to approve it — or if it provides a spark of momentum that builds into a win before the City Council as well.
By Nick Kindel
The City Planning Commission (CPC) is about to take a big step forward in getting resident participation in its decision making process. City Planning is working on its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP), which is one important part of the City Charter’s call for “a system of organized and effective neighborhood participation in land use decisions and other issues that affect quality of life.”
An elderly couple on State Street was knocked to the ground and robbed of their SUV at gunpoint Monday evening, police said.
Construction barriers and ripped-up sidewalk wrapped around the front door of the High Hat Cafe for 28 calendar days, running off potential customers for nearly a full month during the new Freret restaurant’s first JazzFest. A few blocks down, the owner of Kehoe Automotive believes his employees could do the work faster with hand shovels than city employees have. And another Freret restaurant owner has threatened that if construction in front of his front door lasts more than 10 days, he’s actually going to finish it himself.
“Our anger comes from a very honest place,” Michelle Ingram, owner of Zeus’ Place, told city officials during a Monday night meeting with The New Freret business and property owners’ association.
Two Uptown neighborhood groups — the Audubon-Riverside and Faubourg Delachaise neighborhood associations — will each hold their annual meetings Tuesday evening.
All 72 apartments at the Blue Plate Artists Lofts have been leased, and residents and officials see the old factory’s redevelopment as a major step on the commercial revitalization of South Jefferson Davis Highway in Gert Town, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL.
Uptown residents who want the city to create a formal review process over the proposed construction of Tulane’s football stadium will head into a meeting Tuesday with one strike against them: the City Planning staff recommends against creating an interim zoning district governing large university construction projects.
For those of you who don’t know, I was arrested six weeks ago. The story of how this happened is chronicled in an earlier column of mine, one which is filled with intrigue, action and police corruption (well, actually none of those things, except perhaps the whole police misconduct angle).
The long story short is that Second District Police Officer Terry Baham arrested me for doing nothing more than standing on a public sidewalk. The charges were for Disturbing the Peace end Public Drunkenness, but I was guilty of neither charge because I wasn’t doing anything that would threaten anybody’s life, health or property (prerequisites to those crimes).
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans board of directors will discuss the school’s budget for the coming year at their regularly monthly meeting tonight, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at 5401 S. Claiborne Avenue.
Three men in their 20s were killed in separate shootings in Central City, Hollygrove and Gert Town over a 24-hour period, police said.
Control of the city of New Orleans is slipping out of local hands, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond told the NAACP on Saturday night, urging the black community to reassert itself on crucial discussions surrounding charter schools, criminal justice and the economic development.
In January of 2009, as police forced St. Henry’s parishioners out of their 150-year-old sanctuary, Brenda Jobin removed from the foyer a plaque memorializing her son’s death in Iraq.
On Saturday morning, upon hearing Msgr. Christopher Nalty announce that weekday Mass would once again be celebrated at St. Henry’s — effectively reopening the church and reuniting a parish that had been torn by its closure — Jobin immediately ran home, grabbed the plaque from her living room, and returned Spec. Jeremy Heines to his place on the foyer wall.
“Now he’s back in church where he belongs,” Jobin said, her eyes shining.
I think it can pretty much be an accepted fact that eventually everyone comes to New Orleans for one reason or another. Simply Living Here means getting a lot of requests from long-lost friends and/or relatives as to where/what to stay, eat, wander and experience. It‘s a lot like living in Orlando, Las Vegas, New York City or Anyplace With A Beach — you’re a local so you’re supposed to know.
A fraternity house badly damaged in a fire last October after a Halloween-themed party will be torn down and rebuilt to look the same from Broadway Street.
Ulysses Cooks, 44, was found guilty two years ago on a charge of principal to attempted murder of an alleged drug dealer in a Washington Avenue apartment in the Hoffman Triangle section of Central City, but a state appeals court ruled that the victim in that case was actually the aggressor, and that it was irrational to infer that Cooks ordered him to be shot, reports John Simerman of The Times-Picayune. After the state Supreme Court refused to reconsider the appeals court’s decision to toss Cooks’ 50-year habitual-offender sentence, Cooks received permission Thursday to leave jail.