“The Orleans Parish School Board has been forced to bring Ellis Construction back to finish the new gym at [Eleanor McMain High School] on South Claiborne Avenue — after staff kicked Ellis off the job for inadequate disadvantaged business participation,” writes Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune in a review of recent Orleans Parish school facilities issues. Ellis is charging $10.2 million to return — 7 percent higher than the original $9.5 million contract — and will have less participation from disadvantaged businesses, saying that the available subcontractors have changed, Dreilinger reports.
A public meeting for residents of the Central City, Garden District and adjacent Uptown neighborhoods will be held at 6 p.m. Monday on the latest draft of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be at the Dryades YMCA at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and it will cover changes in Planning District 2, which runs generally from Napoleon Avenue to the Pontchartrain Expressway.
On Olive Street just off South Carrollton, a water leak has caused a 7-foot-long hole in the street, and neighbors have started putting bricks into it to minimize the amount of damage to cars that slip into it, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
Although the new Common Core standards for public education have become a recent controversy, educators at Lusher Charter School have been preparing for them for years and embrace the changes they represent, school officials said Saturday morning.
The Prince of Wales/Lady Wales 85th annual second line will roll Sunday afternoon down Magazine Street, through Central City and into the Garden District, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second line will start at 1 p.m. at its usual spot, the Rock Bottom Lounge at 3801 Tchoupitoulas, and end there at 5 p.m.
A new restaurant in Broadmoor is serving baked French fry-style potatoes with a variety of sauces, and Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop on Magazine is preparing to close for a week for kitchen renovations.
Family and friends of pedestrians killed while trying to cross South Claiborne at night blame the lack of streetlights from Napoleon Avenue to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say they are converting lighting on the stretch to energy-efficient lights and should be finished in the coming weeks.
Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for overseeing the construction of four major drainage canals around Uptown New Orleans, the federal-government shutdown caused the agency to miss a planned public meeting Thursday about the beginning of the latest phase on Jefferson Avenue.
Freret Clay Center, a new nonprofit promoting ceramics art and education, will hold its grand opening at 2525 Jena Street with a group exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Six artists will participate in the exhibition. For more information, see the Freret Clay Center website.
Joseph Davis, 17, pleaded guilty to four counts of forcible rape and one count each of second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week for his role in the the rape of a Garden District woman in February, reports Katherine Sayre of The Times-Picayune. Davis “initiated the rape and wielded a gun in the assault,” Sayre reported; 16-year-old Sheldon Jefferson had previously agreed to serve 30 years for raping the woman; and 18-year-old Christopher Davis, the driver in the incident, had previously been sentenced to 35 years.
Investigators have released a video of two women robbing the clerk of a St. Charles Avenue hotel at gunpoint last week in hopes that the public can help identify them, New Orleans police said. In an unrelated case, another armed robbery was reported Tuesday night in the Broadmoor area.
So who gets to decide how many judges are too many? Mayor Mitch Landrieu has strong feelings on the subject, based on his own experiences when he was in the private practice of law and his observations from the mayor’s office. There are too many judges and the money devoted to supporting empty courtrooms and under-worked judges could be better spent if the money was instead in the city’s general fund, Landrieu says.
An unidentified man was killed Wednesday evening when he was hit by a car as he was crossing South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans police said.