A new architect’s office with a handful of condos attached to it received the neighborhood’s tentative blessing for its proposed Magazine Street location during a Monday night meeting of the Coliseum Square Association that discussed a number of upcoming redevelopment projects in the Lower Garden District.
Prosecutors’ efforts to keep an Uptown man in jail until his trial on rape charges were interrupted Monday when the defendant, Dean Kelly, collapsed in the courtroom during testimony and was taken to the hospital, multiple city media outlets reported.
Novelist Valerie Martin, known for her 1990 novel Mary Reilly, will give a public reading Monday night at Tulane.
The Coliseum Square Association will also meet Monday evening to discuss a number of land-use issues, including a zoning change at 1476 Magazine and a proposed movie studio on Constance.
For details and links on these events and others over the next two days, see our full calendar below.
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Zoning is a crutch, and an unnecessary one at that. Nevertheless, we often are led to believe that a simple zoning change is the difference between Beverly Hills and the Chicago meat-packing district. Without zoning, we are told, anything could move in next door.
This paranoia was recently expressed this past Tuesday, when Frank Cole of the Coliseum Square Association spoke at a meeting of the City Planning Commission. He expressed skepticism of a proposal for a zoning change to 1517 Constance St. to mixed use (MU-A) zoning.
Specifically, Mr. Cole described the switch to an MU-A designation as “too giant a step for this particular piece of property.” In support of his stance, he noted that “chicken slaughtering and processing” was a permissible use under MU-A.
A 51-year-old man was gunned down at noon Sunday on an small road between Tchoupitoulas Street and the river, police said.
The leadership of Lusher Charter School is frustrated by what they see as the Orleans Parish School Board’s apparent unwillingness to grant the full, 10-year renewal of their charter that the high-performing school has earned, they said in a board meeting Saturday.
Meanwhile, the admissions process for the small school district around the Lusher’s Willow Street elementary campus will likely become more strict next year, as officials say more families are trying to move into the district solely for the purpose of gaining guaranteed entrance to the school.
The Single Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club will second-line through Central City on Sunday afternoon in a route that will roughly follow the Mardi Gras Indians Council’s annual parade.
State Sen. Julie Quinn, the Republican lawmaker from Metairie whose district also includes the Riverbend and Audubon neighborhoods in Uptown New Orleans, announced Saturday that she will not seek re-election, several media outlets are reporting.
On Friday, Senate President Joel Chaisson II released his draft of the Senate redistricting map. Under his plan, Quinn and neighboring state Sen. Conrad Appel would be in the same district, notes Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune.
A Tulane student stole a car and crashed it into eight other vehicles early Friday morning before he was arrested, police said.
Ian Driskill, 21, stole the car in the 900 block of Audubon, then left a trail of collisions before officers caught him, said Sgt. Marc Amos of the NOPD Second District property-crimes division.