St. Charles Avenue could be home to le Viet café (near Jackson Avenue) in less than two weeks, while Magazine Street is slated for openings soon afterward of Magasin Vietnamese Café near Napoleon Avenue and Pho Noi Viet in the Lower Garden District, reports Gambit’s Ian McNulty.
A new restaurant on Magazine Street, a new nightclub on Freret Street and a new home in place of an old one were all given approval by the City Council on Thursday, though each project has drawn its share of objections in the past.
Three Uptown land-use projects that have each generated a fair amount of controversy — the proposed demolition of a historic home on St. Charles Avenue, permission for a restaurant to open in spite of unpermitted additions and a new nightclub on Freret Street — are all slated for New Orleans City Council hearing on Thursday, according to the agenda. The most pressing issue will be a decision on the proposed Johnny V’s restaurant next to Monkey Hill bar on Magazine Street, which City Council rules prohibit from being delayed any longer. At issue is whether to modify the property’s land-use restrictions to incorporate additions to the building that were added without permission during a recent renovation. The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association has been tentatively in favor of a good-neighbor agreement with the restaurant for several months, and met again about the issue Tuesday night.
The 91-year-old Lorraine Apartments on St. Charles Avenue have a new lease on life and can move forward with renovations after the city council corrected a zoning problem last week that could have kept the historic building shuttered indefinitely. Built in 1920, the Lorraine was given zoning in 1953 for a two-family residential structure, but as long as the building remained in continuous use, that classification was not enforced. It was bought in 2008 and closed for renovations, but the developers found substantial unexpected problems with its mechanical systems, and the project fell by the wayside. When the owners recently attempted to resume the project, they found that the building’s status as an apartment building has expired, and that its zoning would only allow, at most, a double.
A plan to tear down a mansion on St. Charles Avenue designed by one of New Orleans’ most celebrated architects to make room for a new single-family home in its place must be decided by the City Council, after the committee that oversees demolition requests cast a split vote over the issue Monday. Homeowner Jeff Goldring and his supporters touted the agreements they had reached with two neighborhood associations, the St. Charles Avenue Association and Hurstville, as well as the national reputation of their Covington-based architect, Ken Tate. Opponents countered that the architecture of the existing building is already significant, and that the family should not be able to tear the home down simply because they want something different there.
The controversial demolition of a St. Charles Avenue mansion leads the agenda for this afternoon’s meeting of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, which also includes properties in a number of other Uptown neighborhoods. The home at 5428 St. Charles Avenue was designed by Emile Weil, the noted architect of landmarks throughout the city, and the Goldring family’s desire to tear it down and replace it with a building of their own design has upset neighbors and preservationists in the past. The request was slated for a decision last month, but deferred until today (Monday, Oct.
Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man accused of a recent rape at one of Uptown’s most prominent intersections, Washington Avenue near St. Charles. The suspect is described as a thin, medium-height black man with a thin beard and goatee, diamond stud earrings, a cut in his left eyebrow and tattoos on his forearms, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and older-style black Reebok shoes. The rape was reported at 9 p.m Sept. 18 in the 1600 block of Washington Avenue.