The planned redevelopment of the former Nine Inch Nails recording studio on Magazine Street and the proposed expansion of Audubon Charter School both return to a city board Wednesday morning seeking waivers required to start their projects.
The owners of the old Nothing Studios on Magazine near Jena Street intend to redevelop the property into a combination of the existing residential units, a space for a doctor’s office, and ground-floor retail space. The large building would technically require nearly 60 parking spaces, and the ownership of the lot being proposed to satisfy that requirement caused some consternation for members of the Board of Zoning Adjustments last month. The owners of the building were instructed to meet with the neighborhood a second time before Wednesday’s meeting.
Similarly, the firm handling the expansion of Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus asked last month for more time to meet with neighbors about that project. The actual waiver sought by the school — permission to bring the building’s rear side closer to Pine Street — is uncontroversial, but residents around the neighborhood view the request as an opportunity for a more formal, permanent solution to traffic congestion around the block during drop-off and pick-up times.
New business on Wednesday’s agenda may prove less dramatic:
- A property owner in the 3900 block of Tchoupitoulas Street is seeking after-the-fact permission for a single-family home with front and side yard space about 7 inches too small, and lacking the required off-street parking space.
- The Full Gospel Baptist Church is seeking a one-space parking waiver at 2317 S. Liberty Street, where a group home is planned on a vacant lot.
- A property owner in the 2400 block of Valmont Street hopes to build a single-family home on a vacant lot with a total area, total width and front yard each about 25 percent smaller than required.
The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the City Planning Commission’s ninth-floor conference room at 1340 Poydras.