Sep 222015
 
A rendering of the condo building proposed at 225 State Street. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of the condo building proposed at 225 State Street. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via nola.gov)

A new condo building on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District received approval from city planners on Tuesday, but a larger condo project intended to replace an apartment complex at State Street and Tchoupitoulas was recommended for denial — and city officials are still waiting on more information about the redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital in the Irish Channel and another development at the major intersection of Washington and South Jeff Davis in Gert Town.

All together, the projects represent 500 new condo and apartment units in neighborhoods around the Uptown area.

Architect John Williams discusses a condo proposed for 2400 St. Charles Avenue before the City Planning Commission. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Architect John Williams discusses a condo proposed for 2400 St. Charles Avenue before the City Planning Commission. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 222015
 
A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Audubon Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (image by Coleman Partners Archictects, via audubonstcharles.com)

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Audubon Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (image by Coleman Partners Archictects, via audubonstcharles.com)

The redevelopment wave across the Lower Garden District is continuing quickly, as residents heard plans Monday night for a new hotel on St. Charles Avenue, a new restaurant space on Constance Street and two new condo projects on Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue. Continue reading »

Sep 212015
 

A man sitting on his porch on in the River Garden area was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening, and another man had his motorcycle taken from him by an armed assailant on Pine Street, New Orleans police said.

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, a man in his 50s was sitting on a porch in the 500 block of Adele Street (near St. Thomas Street) when a vehicle drove up, and a man with a gun jumped out, according to the initial NOPD report. The gunman went through the victim’s pockets, took $300 in cash, then left, the report states.

At nearly the same time, a man in his 20s parked a 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle in his driveway in the 2900 block of Pine Street (near Fig Street) when a man with a gun emerged from the side of the house, according to the NOPD reprot in that case. The gunman ordered the victim to unlock the motorcycle and roll it into the street, then “threatened to come back and kill victim if he called the police,” the report states. The gunman then left on Pine Street toward Earhart, the report states.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Sep 212015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s so cute. Mayor Landrieu has a secret admirer!

This past week, Chief Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin wrote to the city council announcing that the city had estimated the cost of removing three monuments to Confederate leaders (Lee, Beauregard, and Davis) plus the notorious Liberty Place Monument, which Mayor Landrieu believes are divisive symbols that make black people feel bad. The total price tag? $144,000. Continue reading »

Sep 202015
 
A NOPD vehicle sits outside the Circle K on Magazine Street on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD vehicle sits outside the Circle K on Magazine Street on Aug. 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Calvin Thomas (via NOPD)

Calvin Thomas (via NOPD)

Detectives have identified the man who robbed the Circle K convenience store on Magazine Street late last month, and are hoping the public can help locate him, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 202015
 
Stephon Lofton, red shirt freshman corner back, celebrates Saturday's win with students in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane beat Maine 38-7. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephon Lofton, red shirt freshman corner back, celebrates Saturday’s win with students in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane beat Maine 38-7. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday night, Tulane won their first game of the 2015 season, beating the University of Maine 38-7 in Yulman Stadium. The Wave brought a balanced approach to the game. Quarterback Tanner Lee led all quarterbacks, completing 16 of 27 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown. The Wave brought a fierce running attack to Satuday’s matchup. Three running backs scored touchdowns. Dontrell Hilliard led all running backs with eight rushes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Sherman Badie led all receivers with five receptions for 118 yards. The Wave held the Black Bears to 296 yards of total offense. The Wave will host American Athletic Conference rivals the University of Central Florida (0-3) on October 3rd.

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Sep 192015
 
Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus, photographed in late August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus, photographed in late August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School is considering changing the way its preschool classes are funded based on a new requirement that schools receiving state money for preschool participate in a centralized citywide enrollment system for those seats, officials said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Sep 172015
 
(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor. Continue reading »

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