Nov 212011
 

Finger Lick'n Wings owner Marlon Horton, also known in his rap career as 10th Ward Buck, invites customers to his restaurant on Jackson Avenue in this image from a commercial on his website, fingerlicknwings.com.

Concerns about what neighbors described as repeated disruptive block parties at a Jackson Avenue chicken wings restaurant led the Coliseum Square Association to withhold its support for a liquor license at the establishment Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 212011
 

The Coliseum Square Association will be discussing a proposed alcohol license for Finger Lick’n Wings at 739 Jackson Avenue, as well as hearing the zoning committee’s report on proposed land-use changes all around the neighborhood at tonight’s meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.

Sep 242011
 

Sculptress Kim Bernadas unveils her latest work "Birth of a Muse," in the Terpsichore finger park near Prytania. After Hurricane Katrina, the Percent for Art program focused on restoration of public art, and "Birth of a Muse" is the first new work commissioned since then. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 222011
 

"Birth of a Muse," by Kim Bernadas

On Friday evening, the Lower Garden District wants you to come play in its parks.

At 5:30 p.m., the Arts Council of New Orleans will celebrate the installation of a new sculpture, Kim Bernadas’ “Birth of a Muse,” in the Terpsichore finger park near Prytania. After Hurricane Katrina, the Percent for Art program focused on restoration of public art, and “Birth of a Muse” is the first new work commissioned since then. The ceremony and reception will feature “live dancers and musicians, refreshments and hor d’oeuvres,” according to the Arts Council: Continue reading »

Jul 182011
 

Locations of reported street flooding (via New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness)

Monday morning’s downpour caused street flooding across the New Orleans area, including along Tchoupitoulas and through the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Jun 022011
 

Three robberies have been reported this week, and police are continuing to investigate last week's home-invasion robbery on Annunciation as well.

Three more armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans this week, including one in which a man was shot while trying to run away from his assailants, police said. Continue reading »

May 242011
 

This image shows the lead concentration levels in the soil on the proposed playground area of the Audubon Charter temporary campus. (Click to see the full report.)

The site proposed for Audubon’s temporary campus has lead contamination in the soil of the playground area exceeding federal standards by 10 times or more, prompting some parents to insist the entire site have the lead removed before their children arrive next fall. Continue reading »

May 222011
 

Alba Sanabria, operator of Supermercado Las Acacias on Freret, holds the door for a customer in this file photo from March. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Freret corner store’s request for permission to sell alcohol and a proposal to allow conversion of a Lower Garden District warehouse into a film studio — two ideas that had drawn wary interest from their respective neighborhood groups — were both approved this week by the City Council. Continue reading »

May 162011
 

Architect Steve Dumez points to a slide showing a rendering of a two-story classroom building planned to replace a single-story building next to the historic pink house at Trinity Episcopal School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Continuing a recent flurry of business activity around the Lower Garden District, residents Monday evening heard a film lot’s request to purchase a partially-closed road and a private school’s plans to demolish and replace one of its buildings. Continue reading »

May 062011
 

The white area of the map shows current boundaries of the Historic District Landmarks Commission in the Lower Garden District. The red line roughly traces the boundaries being propsed for it.

City oversight of how buildings are designed and maintained could tighten throughout the Lower Garden District and into Central City and Mid-City, based on a proposal working its way through the city council.

Based on a motion by City Councilwoman Stacy Head, the city will create new committees to study the possibility of expanding the reach of the Historic District Landmarks Commission from its current territory in the Lower Garden District, roughly between Prytania and Annunciation streets, to the entire swath from the river to Carondelet between Jackson Avenue and the Ponchartrain Expressway. The committees will also consider designating new areas in Central City and Mid-City for the HDLC to cover. Continue reading »

Apr 262011
 

The warehouse complex proposed for a film-production facility on Constance Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new film studio proposed for an old warehouse complex in the Lower Garden District won an important step in the process of city approval Tuesday, over the concerns of several planning commissioners who worried that the site could one day be home to heavy industry. Continue reading »

Apr 252011
 

Current District B boundaries (via nolacitycouncil.com)

The New Orleans City Council comes to Uptown this week as part of a 10-stop neighborhood tour seeking public input on how council district lines should be redrawn following the 2010 Census.

City Councilwoman Stacy Head’s District B runs from Audubon though a number of Uptown neighborhoods to Central City and the Central Business district. Its population fell at roughly the same rate as the city’s overall population since 2000, meaning the 70,903 people now living in District B are quite close to the target of 68,765 for each district, according to the new Census. The other four council districts are either well above or well below that target, however, so any change to District B is more likely to come as a result of making adjustments to the other districts work. Continue reading »

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 »

Mar 152011
 

Alba Xiomara and Rolando Zelaya work at at Supermercado Las Acacias on Friday, March 11. The Planning Commission gave Las Acacias its approval to begin selling alcohol Tuesday, though that decision must next be ratified by the City Council. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Both a long-stalled gourmet burger restaurant planned for the corner of Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street and a Freret Street corner store’s request begin selling alcohol received initial approval from the City Planning Commission today, but a decision on a proposed film-studio space on Constance Street was deferred for a month.

(Note: See the end of this article for a recap of our live coverage of the debate on each issue.)

Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar is a proposed two-story hamburger restaurant with diner-style counter service on the ground floor and full table service upstairs designed by the owners of Somethin’ Else cafe in the French Quarter, said architect Kimberly Finney. The project was originally proposed several years ago, but troubles with the contractor stalled the project until its permission from the city to build expired. Continue reading »

Feb 172011
 

This image from a security camera shows a robbery in progress on St. Mary Street. The victim was shot and his cell phone was stolen, police said.

A woman was critically wounded in a gun battle in Hollygrove and a man was shot during an apparent robbery attempt caught on video outside a Lower Garden District bar in separate incidents Tuesday night, continuing the wave of bloodshed and violence across Uptown New Orleans since the weekend. Continue reading »

Jan 122011
 

Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and Aidan Sierra, 8, in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana Wednesday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is in negotiations to move into the former site of a Catholic school in Algiers Point for its new West Bank location, school officials said.

School officials have already met with the Archdiocese of New Orleans several times about the Holy Name of Mary School on Olivier Street, and the two entities are now attempting to determine if the building can be rented for a price within the charter school’s budget, said Sean Wilson, head of school. The hope is to have an agreement by the middle of the month, officials said.

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Nov 302010
 

An armed robbery in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day was reported on Freret Street near Jefferson Avenue and a man was grazed by a bullet in Carrollton over the weekend, police said Tuesday. Continue reading »