Mar 292011

This site plan shows a possible layout of the proposed temporary campus for Audubon Charter School in the Lower Garden District. (Courtesy Jacobs/CSRS; click to enlarge)

Neighborhood residents and Audubon Charter School parents got a first look Tuesday night at plans for the school’s proposed temporary campus in the Lower Garden District and began voicing concerns about the safety of the neighborhood, before a sudden downpour flooded the area and forced an early end to the meeting. Continue reading »

Mar 222011

[Note: Correction appended, 9:01 a.m. March 23]

Audubon Charter School is considering building a temporary campus on a vacant lower Garden District lot to house students for the next two years while its Broadway campus is being renovated, officials said.

The lot is located at the corner of Orange and Constance streets, owned by the Kingsley House next door, said Jules Lagarde, design manager for Jacobs/CSRS, the engineering and architecture partnership managing the Boradway campus renovation. The tentative plan is to build two 12-classroom modular buildings — not double-wide trailers, Lagarde said, but full buildings with cafeterias and air-conditioning. Continue reading »

Feb 142011

NOPD officers point at empty shell casings at the corner of Chippewa and St. James streets at the scene of a drive-by shooting Monday afternoon. One person was killed and four others, including a three-month-old baby, were injured. (Sabree Hill,

One man was killed, and three other adults and a baby were wounded, in a drive-by shooting in the River Garden development in broad daylight Monday afternoon, police said.

Three men were standing in a rear driveway in the 800 block of Felicity Street about 1:30 p.m. when an older-model Cadillac sedan approached and opened fire, police said. The ensuing volley of bullets struck all three men, as well as a 21-year-old woman and 3-month-old baby girl who were walking to a nearby store at the intersection of Chippewa and St. James, police said.

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