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,

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,

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 »