Weekend robberies cluster in Uptown neighborhoods

Robberies were reported at eight different addresses around Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods over the weekend — four in the Riverbend area, two in the Hurstville neighborhoods near Audubon Park, and one each in the Freret and Touro neighborhoods.

Former NOCCA building returning to auction, with demolition deemed most likely outcome

The former NOCCA school building on Perrier Street is scheduled to return to the auction block at the end of the month, with a new sale price set low enough to encourage its purchase by developers and demolition for new Uptown homes. The Orleans Parish School Board had previously tried to sell the century-old school building several years ago, but failed to draw an offer higher than its appraised value at the time, which was higher than $3 million, said Stan Smith, chief financial officer for the district. State law regarding public-property auctions has since been changed and the property was reappraised last month, and the minimum bid is now $1.5 million, far closer to the offers that were received during the previous sale attempt, Smith said. The Perrier Street property, referred to by its pre-NOCCA name of the “LaSalle School,” was built in 1901, but has been vacant since NOCCA left in 2000. It now suffers from “advanced depreciation from age, exposure to the elements, storm damage, vandalism and functional obsolescence,” the appraisal reads.

Pair of Uptown properties set for Tuesday hearing

Two Uptown addresses on one block – 1222 Leontine St. and 5338 Perrier St. – are slated for public hearings before the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the city planning commission conference room on the ninth floor of the Amoco Building, 1340 Poydras St. The committee oversees demolition applications in the city, and Tuesday’s hearings are the public’s opportunity to comment on the properties.

FOX8: Closed Uptown school set for June auction

The former New Orleans School for the Creative Arts, one of 20 properties set for sale by the school board, sits in the 6000 block of Perrier. DayPortPlayer.newPlayer({articleID:”19097″,slideShow:”false”,idmMarkerID:”Shadowboxba49d3a606eb4967a4ca2045fe9b0921″,playVideoAds:”true”,autoPlay:”false”,accPos:”CCTVI.NEWS.LOCAL”,accSite:”WVUE”,playerInstanceID:”68C8B159-BF06-A4F1-D73D-81F034362211″,domain:”wvue.web.entriq.net”});