Oct 212011

After nearly a year of discussions and negotiations with neighbors and the city, Whole Foods Arabella Station will now be able to stay open an hour later on Sundays and display plants for sale on its front patio, with the official approval Thursday of only the least controversial of its requested changes to its operating agreement with the city. Continue reading »

Oct 112011

Neighborhoods around the city are preparing to celebrate the “National Night Out Against Crime” tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 11), and Uptown groups are all doing it their own way, with a movie night, a charity flea market, a health fair, multiple cookouts and live music. Continue reading »

Oct 042011

The apartment complex at State and Tchoupitoulas, photographed in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Concerned that an apartment complex at the corner of State and Tchoupitoulas may be headed for unwelcome commercial redevelopment, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association delved into the arcana of the city’s land-use planning process Tuesday night to cast votes in favor of keeping the property residential. Continue reading »

Oct 042011

A number of ongoing land-use issues will be discussed tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 4) by the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association, according to the meeting’s agenda. Continue reading »

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Sep 142011

The proposed Johnny V's on Magazine Street, next door to Monkey Hill Bar (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A request by the proposed Johnny V’s restaurant to be allowed to open in spite of unauthorized expansions divided the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, sending it to the City Council for a decision with no formal recommendation either way. Continue reading »

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Sep 122011

The proposed Johnny V's on Magazine Street, next door to Monkey Hill Bar (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Planning Commission is expected to make a decision Tuesday on whether to allow the proposed Johnny V’s restaurant on Magazine Street to open with a number of changes made to the building without the city’s permission. Continue reading »

Sep 072011

The Uptowner, hosting a dinner with a menu from the Gabrielle restaurant. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Two controversial restaurants that have been on the drawing boards for years met with the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Tuesday in search of residents’ approval for agreements that might win the city’s favor and allow them to open.

Greg Sonnier, still seeking to reopen his former Gabrielle restaurant in the Uptowner building on Henry Clay Avenue, convinced the association to reopen discussion of his plans once again.

And the owners of Johnny V’s, a restaurant proposed for the space next to Monkey Hill Bar on Magazine, offered a detailed list of operating conditions that barely won the association’s blessing over their qualms about the unauthorized addition of second-floor space. Continue reading »

Sep 062011

The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association will holds its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 6), at a new location, the St. Paul United Church of Christ at 616 Eleonore, the Patton Street entrance.

No agenda was available Tuesday morning, but one pending issue before the neighborhood has been discussion of the proposed Johnny V’s restaurant next to Monkey Hill Bar. Continue reading »

Aug 232011

Whole Foods, the Monkey Hill property and the Poydras Home addition.

After hearing from a procession of worried neighbors, the City Planning Commission voted to reject all but the least controversial of Whole Foods’ requested operational changes, possibly reducing months of efforts by the Magazine Street grocery into an extra hour of business on Sunday and the ability to put plants in front of the store.

A major addition to the nearby Poydras Home retirement community was approved in accordance with the architects’ and neighbors wishes, but a decision was deferred on the expansion of the Monkey Hill bar into Johnny V’s restaurant amid concerns about parking and the nature of the expansion itself. Continue reading »

Aug 222011

A rendering of the additions to Poydras Home. The new building, new driveway and additional parking are at the right, near Jefferson Avenue. (courtesy Mathes Brierre Architects)

In a surprising move near a busy commercial corridor, city planning staffers are suggesting that a three-story addition to the Poydras Home retirement community be accompanied by fewer off-street parking spaces than the project originally envisioned, in an apparent effort to maximize the site’s green space. Continue reading »

Aug 222011

Whole Foods, the Monkey Hill property and Poydras Home are all headed to City Planning Commission this week.

Three projects planned near Magazine Street’s upper end — the Poydras Home expansion, the Whole Foods operations changes, and the creation of a new restaurant next to Monkey Hill bar — will be heard by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, according to the meeting’s agenda. Continue reading »

Aug 122011

Areas highlighted in red will experience low water pressure Saturday.

Repairs to a fire hydrant and valves on a water main will cause low water pressure from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the area along Camp and Magazine streets around Jefferson Avenue, according to the Sewerage and Water Board. Continue reading »

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Aug 092011

The nearest neighbors believe Whole Foods is asking too much with its latest requests, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association agreed to some of Whole Foods’ requests in May, and asked the grocery to rethink others before its Aug. 23 hearing before the City Planning Commission.

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Aug 042011

"For Rent" signs advertise vacancies at the apartment complex at State and Tchoupitoulas, the recent sale of which has led to some concern in the surrounding neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new owner of an apartment complex at Tchoupitoulas and State streets is renovating the large collection of units there in hopes attracting college students and tenants with ties to nearby Children’s Hospital, property managers said Wednesday, possibly bringing some short-term reassurance to nearby neighbors worried that the lot could become a major commercial medical development. Continue reading »

Aug 022011

The 6100 block of Magazine, which includes Monkey Hill Bar, is planned for a new restaurant. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The proposed expansion of a Magazine Street bar, the possibility of a commercial development on Tchoupitoulas, and a child-care center on a residential block are all drawing the wary attention of their neighbors in Uptown’s Audubon-Riverside neighborhood. Continue reading »