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Old Posted Aug 17, 2015, 6:01 PM
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I'm loving the rowhouse style design on that Freret st development. Almost no wasted space on a small lot. Would like to see similar infill (taller in certain places) all over the city.
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Repairs to existing framing and roof. Addition of wrap around balcony. Replacement of exterior siding and trim. Installation of subsurface plumbing lines and grease trap. Installation of main electrical service panel and temporary subpanel. Installation of balcony lighting, temporary interior lighting, and 1 gas lantern. Additional foundation work pending revision of existing structural plan page S.1. Plan page E-1.1 to complete stub outs only. Plan page E-1.3 to complete items 1-12, 16-18, and 20.


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3308 Tulane Ave, 1st Floor·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: V8X0V2
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Build-out of 1100 sq ft pharmacy on 1st floor of existing buidlnig as per plans.


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Interior Alteration for retail use as per plans.






City of New Orleans | One-Stop Shop Permitting & Licensing 1245 Constance St, Floor 1·HDLC COA

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New 1135 sq ft restaurant on ground floor of existing mixed-use as per plans.





2323 Canal St·Conditional Use · Project #15-1319 ·Ref Code: U3D1E2
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Request for a conditional use to allow a drive through for a Cofee Shop in an RO-1 District.





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Old Posted Aug 24, 2015, 1:09 PM
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City approves Virgin Hotel

The City Council approved the zoning waiver:

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com...zoning-waivers
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1500 Canal St·Renovation (Structural) ·Ref Code: UGH4UF
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The work consists of the interior renovation of the existing 18 story Jung Hotel. The renovation program consists of retail shell space on the ground floor, hotel rooms on levels 2 through 7, and residential apartments on levels 8 through 17. The adjacent garage and exterior design of the project is not in our scope and is being permitted separately. The garage permit number is 15-06221-RNVS.




622 Julia St·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: GXH8SH
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8/24/2015 12:49:57 PM
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1. Repair deteriorated soffit and fascia. 2. Repair deteriorated masonry. 3. Repair deteriorated window panel on third floor. 3. Repair deteriorated or missing porch decking.




4877 Laurel St·Change of Use ·Ref Code: HDQV12
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Lauren Fink
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Date Filed:
8/20/2015 4:11:03 PM
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Convert firehouse to coffee shop as per plans.





2200 Robert E Lee Blvd·New Construction ·Ref Code: N10N10
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Rodney Ratliff
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8/6/2015 3:31:40 PM
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Construct 7500 multi-tenant retail building as per plans. Separate tenant build-out permits and sign permits are required









927 Orleans Ave·Renovation (Structural)
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Type:Renovation (Structural)Applicant:Loretta HarmonStatus:Application SubmittedDate Filed:8/20/2015 5:24:29 PMClosed:NoDescription
Renovation of a 7 unit apartment (2 bldgs) into a 4 unit apartment as per plan. Each building will contain 2-units.



516 Conti St, Entire Building·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: DSSUFU
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Michael Tabb
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Renovate 2 existing buildings as per plans: 1 st floor 1 commercial unit (separate build-out permit required & 1 residential unit; 2nd -4th floor: 6 residential units.


5029 St Claude Ave·New Construction
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Type:New ConstructionApplicant:Tracy JonesStatusermit IssuedDate Filed:8/20/2015 12:56:04 PMClosed:NoDescription
New construction of a 384s.f. produce stand with a roof and open sides as per City Planning Approval. ZD #27-15 & Ord 26418.




713 Camp St·Renovation (Structural)
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THIS PROJECT CONSISTS OF THE ADDITION OF A NEW 1 STORY, 800 SF PENTHOUSE TO AN EXISTING 4 STORY MULTIFAMILY APARTMENT BUILDING IN THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT.



Great to see another fast food place being replaced on canal Street

509 Canal St [Arby’s]·Interior Demolition · Permit #15-25083-DEMI ·Ref Code: 2H16GW
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Constance Restorations
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Interior demolition of vacant commercial structure. No use & occupancy. Plans to follow.





201-235 State St, 5944-5980 Tchoupitoulas St, 5947-5981 S Front St·Conditional Use · Project #ZD085-15 ·Ref Code: NL5BDE
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Justin B Schmidt,Esq
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Conditional use to permit a residential condiminium with a floor area greater than 25,000 square feet in a MS Medical Service District. FAR waiver of .3 also required.



















402 N Carrollton Ave·Attached Sign
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Type:Attached SignApplicant:Signs Plus, INc.Status:Application ReviewDate Filed:8/6/2015 12:43:37 PMClosed:NoDescription
Removing all existing Domino’s exterior logos reinstalling “new” Domino’s logo signage. No increase in square footage. Removing (2) arch logos and installing (2) set of front illuminated channel letters as per sketch and CPC Approval. ( Conti elevation and North Carrollton)







500 North Carrollton Ave (CVS and Retail)
















2339 Tchoupitoulas St·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: 414DSH
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Emily Thomas
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– Existing wall and layout to remain, construct new walls for new offices, remove transaction desk and install new, provide electrical for desk & offices, rework existing lighting for new offices, replace restroom fixtures in the rear restroom – New finishes (flooring & paint) – No sprinkler work or fire alarm work





1050 Annunciation St·New Construction ·Ref Code: 8SS17B
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Charles Silbernagel
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8/19/2015 9:17:34 AM
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Tenant Build out for Restaurant and Bakery




929 General Pershing St·New Construction ·Ref Code: YTY2WQ
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Jerry Blanchard
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Addition to St. George’s Episcopal School Early Childhood Center, Educational Use





14500 Hayne Blvd·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: KE0DMJ
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Young Contracting/SE, Inc
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8/18/2015 10:38:16 AM
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No
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Interior renovation of a Dialysis Clinic: Carpeting, electrical, flooring, paint and trim.





1041 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: 68RXLU
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Kiley Green
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8/18/2015 11:30:25 AM
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The existing building is to receive minor renovation work, consisting of administrative office spaces and a warehouse space housing a large cooler/freezer. New interior partitions with new paint and doors, ceiling tile replacement, new hvac system, and electrical renovation. New lighting fixtures and gutters/downspouts at the exterior facade and minor exterior painting.



9511 Chef Menteur Hwy, Ste 116·Change of Use · Permit #15-24919-CUSE ·Ref Code: QEF2PM
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Rose Okpalobi
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Converting a white box into a office as per sketch.




1533 Esplanade Ave [Discount Zone]·HDLC COA · Permit #15-24739-HDLC ·Ref Code: JLKU4F
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Patrick Thomas
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Install brick on N Claiborne side and Esplanade side of the existing building per HDLC.







616 Baronne St·Renovation (Structural) ·Ref Code: NG4RNV
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Kristine Shull
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8/18/2015 3:06:40 PM
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Penthouse addition to existing building.





1635 Franklin Ave·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: J7XBD2
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Franklin Property, LLC
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8/18/2015 9:42:21 AM
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Renovate existing mixed use building.


301 St Charles Ave·Renovation (Structural) ·Ref Code: 6MJYDG
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Rachel Davis
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8/10/2015 5:40:15 PM
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Change of use from office to Multi-family (22 apartments) with commercial lease on ground floor and roof top addition as per plans..



















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Urban South Brewery





The Creole Cuisine Concept Replacing Houston's Sounds A Lot Like Houston's



http://nola.eater.com/2015/8/20/9182...merican-bistro



The Renovated Joan Mitchell Center Campus Opens to the Public This Weekend



http://nola.curbed.com/archives/2015...hotos.php#more




Mayor Landrieu and the City of New Orleans to Host President Obama, Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Showcase City’s Resilience

AUGUST 20, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Landrieu and the City of New Orleans will welcome President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as they visit New Orleans to commemorate the10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and showcase the city’s resilience. During the week-long examination of the decade since the devastating hurricane made landfall and the federal levees failed, President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, Members of Congress, federal officials and other dignitaries will conduct site visits, participate in events and conversations with community members that honor the lives of those lost, explores the city’s progress and resilience planning, and examines the challenges the city is focused on tackling in years to come.

The While House announced earlier this week that on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, the President will travel to New Orleans to meet with Mayor Landrieu and residents, young and old, from several neighborhoods who have rebuilt their lives over the past 10 years. While in the city, the President will deliver remarks on the region’s rebirth and what’s possible when residents and city and corporate leaders work together to lift up their communities and build back in more resilient and innovative ways, better positioning the city for economic growth. The President will be joined by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate who has helped spearhead and coordinate many of the Administration’s efforts and his all-of-nation approach over the past six and a half years. Fugate will also take part in the unveiling of the City’s resilience strategy, earlier in the week.

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, will visit New Orleans on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with former First Lady Laura Bush. President and Mrs. Bush will return to Warren Easton Charter School, which benefited from the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative, a special fund of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries established to help Gulf Coast schools that were damaged by the hurricanes to rebuild their book and material collections. At an education round table, President and Mrs. Bush will honor the exceptional work accomplished by New Orleans school leaders, non profit partners, educators, parents and communities. President Bush will also deliver remarks. As part of his Administration’s extensive recovery efforts, President Bush also tapped former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush to lead the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, which raised more than $130 million in contributions for hurricane response and long-term recovery efforts.

President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and founder of the Clinton Foundation, will visit New Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, for the Power of Community gathering – the city’s signature commemorative event, held on the official anniversary of Katrina’s landfall that will demonstrate New Orleans’ resilience. President Clinton will join Mayor Landrieu and New Orleans residents, community leaders, and advocates who, over the last ten years, have helped the city recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees. In addition to remarks from President Clinton and Mayor Landrieu, the event will feature music and cultural performances as well as faith leaders representing several religious denominations who will pray for the city to continue to unite, heal, and move forward.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President Clinton joined forces with President George H.W. Bush to establish the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, which raised over $130 million in contributions to support relief and long-term recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. Additionally, Clinton has leveraged public and private sector commitments through the Clinton Global Initiative to drive investments in community development, disaster preparedness, education, housing, infrastructure, resilience and sustainability.

In the days leading up to Aug. 29, the City will also host delegations from other countries, senior leadership from the United States Congress, various Cabinet officials and numerous other dignitaries who will participate in various events.

Mayor Landrieu also announced the full schedule of official K10 events that will take place throughout the week leading up to the anniversary. Nearly 75 media panels will also take place throughout the week featuring local, regional, and national experts with an examination of resilience, civic engagement, criminal justice, disaster preparedness, education, economic development and housing initiatives.

Signature activities are generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation




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Old Posted Aug 25, 2015, 7:13 PM
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Royal Street 26-story hotel proposal faces City Planning Commission


http://www.nola.com/business/index.s...l#incart_river


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This thing seems to come back from the dead yearly. Personally I don't like where this is located. I know its technically not in the quarter but this height just doesn't feel right at that location. Plus id rather see this height and density at another area that's in need of this type of density. Also, the architecture isn't very good. what do you guys think?


Shocking the City Planning Commission and I actually agree on something.
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This thing seems to come back from the dead yearly. Personally I don't like where this is located. I know its technically not in the quarter but this height just doesn't feel right at that location. Plus id rather see this height and density at another area that's in need of this type of density. Also, the architecture isn't very good. what do you guys think?


Shocking the City Planning Commission and I actually agree on something.
Agree. I can't stand the French Quarter anti-development police, but it is tacky and not a great location. Looks like something you'd see in Orange Beach.
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Agree. I can't stand the French Quarter anti-development police, but it is tacky and not a great location. Looks like something you'd see in Orange Beach.
Seriously its a rare day that I agree with City Planning and VCPORA! Hell must have frozen over!

Id love to see development there just in line with the 70 foot height limit.
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Like Tennis, in an ideal world I would like to see it somewhere else downtown but I wouldn't lose sleep if it's approved for this location (which I don't think it will be). My biggest grievance is the architecture. I tend to like contemporary, maybe modern too, when it comes to high rises but I guess those styles would only spark further opposition.

My priorities probably aren't straight, but I am more bothered with our copy cat friends over in Georgia than I am with the Royal Cosmopolitan...Looks like we will be looking for a new stadium sponsor in 2021. As long as it's not a shaving cream or bank, but we have quite a few years before we worry about that ha
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^ I can't support the Falcons or massive billion-dollar giveaways of taxpayer money,

BUT I think the new Atlanta stadium will easily be the coolest stadium in the NFL and possibly the whole country.

I guess the naming deal makes sense, though, as MBUSA announced earlier this year that they would move their HQ to Atlanta in an effort to be closer to the Tuscaloosa assembly plant. For the Superdome, I sure hope the state and the Bensons had a good contract with MBUSA - then we can get our money out of the deal and go back to calling it the Louisiana Superdome as God intended. I hate sponsorships and all other forms of corporate whoring.
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I don't really like it that much either...I used to think it was great, but, it really is too tall for that block. Something does need to be done to make that block nicer, and I think something will soon. This just isn't going to fly. If they want to invest and get a return, do it somewhere else...I'm sure they could come up with a very nice tower somewhere else Downtown.
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I don't really like it that much either...I used to think it was great, but, it really is too tall for that block. Something does need to be done to make that block nicer, and I think something will soon. This just isn't going to fly. If they want to invest and get a return, do it somewhere else...I'm sure they could come up with a very nice tower somewhere else Downtown.
Well city planning shot this down so its dead basically!
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Like Tennis, in an ideal world I would like to see it somewhere else downtown but I wouldn't lose sleep if it's approved for this location (which I don't think it will be). My biggest grievance is the architecture. I tend to like contemporary, maybe modern too, when it comes to high rises but I guess those styles would only spark further opposition.
The design should be tweaked, especially the side facing Canal, but overall I think the project has more pros than cons and I would definitely like to see it built. The problem with saying it should be built elsewhere, is that since this new CZO, with its dumb height limits, very few places are zoned for this height. It was a fight to approve a 14-storey world-class hotel, last week. To me, it's no worse than the Monteleone a block over, which I also have no problem with. I'd love if we had more height like this offset from the street in that first block along Canal Street. The City Council should approve this IMHO.
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I don't particularly like the design either, but considering that it would barely be seen and not at all from street level, I have no problem with it. It's also not a huge number of rooms, given the height, so I don't see congestion being a huge issue. I hope they can come to an agreement, maybe adjust the design and knock a few floors off and get it approved.

As Blitzen said, there are few areas where highrises are allowed and I believe that most of the height limits between Iberville and the expressway are a joke. If we're going to increase housing and hotel room supply, it's got to be built somewhere and the developers that want to built in the CBD are not going to move their project to the East or build some shotguns in the Ninth Ward just because there's a height limit. They are going to go to Houston or Atlanta instead.
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I don't particularly like the design either, but considering that it would barely be seen and not at all from street level, I have no problem with it. It's also not a huge number of rooms, given the height, so I don't see congestion being a huge issue. I hope they can come to an agreement, maybe adjust the design and knock a few floors off and get it approved.

As Blitzen said, there are few areas where highrises are allowed and I believe that most of the height limits between Iberville and the expressway are a joke. If we're going to increase housing and hotel room supply, it's got to be built somewhere and the developers that want to built in the CBD are not going to move their project to the East or build some shotguns in the Ninth Ward just because there's a height limit. They are going to go to Houston or Atlanta instead.
Well from what I gathered at the hearing for the Virgin Hotel the IZD will be tweaked downtown. The height limit is just wrong. that said I think where the cosmopolitan is just too much in French Quarter and the height limit was never that high on that block. If you notice the streets in French quarter near these completely out of scale buildings are generally the worst streets in the quarter. thats not a coincidence.

Also comparing us to Houston or Atlanta is apple to oranges. This isn't Atlanta or Houston and never will be. Better cities to compare it to are Austin and San Francisco.
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I have no problem with them scaling it down a bit, but this is not a Marriott-sized tower. With it being so slender and in the middle of the block, I doubt we would see many negative effects. Perhaps if they brought it down a bit and made it all or mostly residential, it would be more palatable. It would be nice to get those old buildings back into use.

My concern is not so much becoming a Houston or Atlanta, as it is not chilling development and sending it elsewhere. Housing, which used to be quite affordable, is now very scarce with prices rising rapidly. It's hard to attract a new business if they can't find housing for their employees. And new hotel stock, while not directly addressing the issue, might help to ease pressure on residential to airbnb type conversions, not to mention increasing the tax base.
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I have no problem with them scaling it down a bit, but this is not a Marriott-sized tower. With it being so slender and in the middle of the block, I doubt we would see many negative effects. Perhaps if they brought it down a bit and made it all or mostly residential, it would be more palatable. It would be nice to get those old buildings back into use.

My concern is not so much becoming a Houston or Atlanta, as it is not chilling development and sending it elsewhere. Housing, which used to be quite affordable, is now very scarce with prices rising rapidly. It's hard to attract a new business if they can't find housing for their employees. And new hotel stock, while not directly addressing the issue, might help to ease pressure on residential to airbnb type conversions, not to mention increasing the tax base.
Those are fair critiques and I do want to see development there as much as anyone else. I wouldn't lose sleep if it was approved either just wish developers would propose these buildings in areas where they can be built as of right.


Some Interesting Press Releases out of the Mayors Office this week:


Mayor Landrieu Issues Statement on Planned Collaboration Between HUD & State on Road Home Grants
August 24, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement following the announced collaboration between State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide additional construction assistance and administrative remedies for Road Home Program grant recipients who have not yet returned to their homes, not yet elevated or are otherwise non-compliant with the Road Home Program.

Statement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu :

“The Road Home Program was largely successful, yet some residents are still struggling to return home. Since taking office in May 2010, I have fully supported the State of Louisiana’s requests for modifications to the program to end the collection of funds from Road Home recipients who in good faith do not have the resources to repair their homes. No storm victim should ever be left behind. I have repeatedly pushed for amendments to the program that would make the process more accessible to all New Orleanians, including meeting numerous times with then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on the program’s inadequacies and limitations and continuing that dialogue with his successor, current-HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Today’s announcement is welcome news as we mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As Mayor of the City of New Orleans, I am committed to doing everything within my power to help our residents return home. I want thank Secretary Castro for reducing the barriers Road Home recipients have faced, and I congratulate Louisiana’s Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit for its persistence in fighting for more avenues so New Orleanians can finally come back home.”






City Unviels Resilience Strategy


AUGUST 25, 2015
Over 110 New Orleanians Representing Every Segment of the City Worked Over a Nine-Month Time Frame to Develop ‘Resilient New Orleans’

Strategy Calls for Establishment of Personal Emergency Account Program, Development of a Comprehensive Storm Water Management Program,
and One of the World’s Few Resilience Centers Right Here in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Mayor Landrieu, joined by The Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) external link President Michael Berkowitz, New Orleans Chief Resilience Officer Jeff Hebert, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrator (NOAA) Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, unveiled Resilient New Orleans external link – a concrete, strategic roadmap for the City of New Orleans to build urban resilience. The strategy, a joint effort between the City and 100RC – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, proposes 41 actions to build citywide resilience. The strategy will help New Orleans become a more equitable, adaptable and prosperous place for all of its residents as the City approaches its tri-centennial in 2018. Resilient New Orleans includes such items as the establishment of personal emergency savings accounts, the development of a comprehensive storm water management program, and establishing one of the world’s few resilience centers, located right here in New Orleans.

The strategy comes with over $1 million in commitments for implementation from 100RC Platform Partners external link, in both the public and private sectors, as well as additional commitments from other local and national philanthropic organizations. As the City moves towards implementation, they will also have continuing access to a $100 million pool of tools and services from the 100RC network and platform partners.

“Being resilient means more than having levees and wetlands to hold back water,” said Mayor Landrieu. “To be a truly resilient society means also combating the longstanding, generational challenges around crime, education and income inequality. It means replacing hatred with empathy, disassociation with harmony, and striking a balance between human needs and the environment that surrounds us. Now, the opportunity is to position New Orleans as a global leader on resilience. The people of New Orleans are a profile in resilience, but more must be done to adapt to new and forthcoming challenges facing our environment and opportunity gaps that persist in our City. We don’t want a New Orleans in which people live a block away but are a mile apart in terms of economic opportunity, and our vision with this strategy is to ensure that as we continue rebuilding our city, no one gets left behind.”

Resilient New Orleans lays out dozens of actionable steps in response to these challenges, focused on several key, tangible pillars, including:

· Launching an emergency account program, using the model of the Individual Development Account, a savings-matching program for low- and moderate-income earners to set aside funds for emergency uses. The City will work with the Foundation for Louisiana on this brand-new initiative.

· Implementing a comprehensive storm water management through a partnership between the City, as well as national and international experts, including Greater New Orleans, Inc., Greater New Orleans Foundation, Trust for Public Land, and Dutch water management firm, Deltares. This effort will complement the traditional, or “gray,” drainage system of pipes and pumps with green infrastructure that delays and detains storm water in landscaped spaces.

· Establishing one of the world’s few Resilience Centers right here in New Orleans, a storefront to be centrally located in our City, and serve as a hub for resilience innovation and leadership development. Partners on this initiative include The Rockefeller Foundation, Tulane University, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and the American Institute of Architects.

· Leading by example through a new partnership with a homegrown company, PosiGen. PosiGen Solar Solutions and their partners will install a photovoltaic cell array and battery backup modules on the New Orleans City Hall complex to reduce strain on the electric grid, and provide redundancy in the face of shocks and outages to critical city systems.

· Developing a small business resilience initiative to bring technical assistance to small businesses in order to assess their preparedness, identify improvements, and enhance economic stability. Partners include the Walmart Foundation and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

· Implementing a resilient infrastructure recovery and risk transfer initiative to deploy private-market assets to improve or repair critical systems after a disruptive event. Partners for this initiative include Swiss Re and Veolia.

· Establishing a resilience-retrofitting program that incentivizes property owners to invest in risk reduction through a tested financial tool, the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) initiative. Deutsche Bank is a partner on this initiative.

Resilient New Orleans was developed in partnership with over 110 local community leaders and stakeholders external link, including representatives from the Foundation for Louisiana, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies and Broad Community Connections. The strategy is also a key component of New Orleans’ membership in 100RC, which played a leading role managing the community stakeholder process, and providing expertise to local community leaders and organizations.

100RC currently works with a network of 67 cities around the world to prepare for and bounce back from physical, social and economic challenges that increasingly impact our rapidly urbanizing world. In addition to funding the Chief Resilience Officer position, 100RC provides cities like New Orleans with partnerships in the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors to implement ideas from resilience strategies, like Resilient New Orleans.

Resilience represents a city’s ability to engage its communities in response to social, economic or physical challenges, so that it can survive, adapt and grow no matter what kind of issues it may face. Resilience is best demonstrated through the people of New Orleans, who chose to return and rebuild our City in the wake of Hurricane Katrina – so that it not only recovers, but becomes resilient to all future challenges.

The full Resilient New Orleans strategy is available here: http://resilientnola.org/ external link. Community members wishing to provide feedback on the plan can input directly to the City here: http://nola.gov/resilience/communityinput/ external link.

“Our work with the City of New Orleans over the last decade has not only shaped the future of this city, it has also influenced how the foundation works all over the world,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “New Orleans was the inspiration behind 100 Resilient Cities, and it was the impetus for our hallmark innovation: the Chief Resilience Officer. The importance of having a central point of contact for resilience building cannot be understated. Jeff Hebert was the natural choice for this role here in New Orleans, and he’s doing an extraordinary job.”

“Resilient New Orleans represents a pivotal step down the city’s path to becoming a resilient city, not the destination,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC, whose organization worked directly with the city to develop the strategy. “By building the capacity of individuals, institutions, and systems to quickly recover and adapt, New Orleans is poised to become a model of urban resilience, and a great city partner of 100 Resilient Cities.”

“Resilient New Orleans is squarely focused on addressing the challenges of the future today and preparing our community to adapt to address those challenges,” said Jeff Hebert, New Orleans Chief Resilience Officer. “As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are pivoting from recovery to resilience to provide a better future for the next generation. Because the challenges we have faced over the past three centuries are different from what we’ll face in the future, we need to be prepared to stand up to these challenges in order to thrive in the centuries to come.”

“Resilient New Orleans is a significant, actionable strategy for the long-term health and wellness of our city,” said Councilmember-At-Large Stacy Head. “It is inclusive, comprehensive and thoughtful, and includes partnerships with remarkable national and global organizations that have proven their success in cities around the world.”

“The development of the Resilient New Orleans Strategy, with generous support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will establish a framework for discussing and addressing the chronic stresses that we face as a city,” said District A Councilmember Susan Guidry. “Our citizens have overcome so many challenges in the years since the devastation following Hurricane Katrina, and we all benefit from the stronger, more sustainable New Orleans that we live in today. We must continue working to ensure that we are better prepared for the challenges of the future.”

“The City of New Orleans partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities and FEMA to create Resilient New Orleans brings necessary services and planning to a city that was unprepared for the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” said District C Councilmember Nadine Ramsey. “Resilience is all about innovation to create a better way of life. This program builds a support system for all strata of individuals, businesses and public entities. Our city will be well prepared not only in the advent of disaster, but also for the current growth of our economy and human potential.”

“As a city that lives with significant environmental and climate-related threats, it is clearly in our interest to be on the leading edge of resilience strategy and technology,” said District D Councilmember Jared Brossett.

“New Orleans has always had a wonderful reputation for hospitality, food and culture, but I believe we are the poster child of resilience,” said District E Councilmember James A Gray II. “With the help of many, we’ve brought the city back from the worst man-made disaster in American history, and – in 10 years – have again made New Orleans a rapidly growing, vibrant city that provides a laboratory for economic, environmental and social opportunity. I look forward to working with the Mayor to make New Orleans a resilience model for the nation.”

Recovery efforts in the years following Hurricane Katrina, and The Rockefeller Foundation’s leadership external link in spearheading the Unified New Orleans Recovery Plan (UNOP), helped inspire the global 100RC Challenge, launched in 2013. With a focus on flood protection, affordable housing, public services, and state-of-the-art education and health care systems in New Orleans, UNOP was a single, cohesive plan that enabled the city to access federal recovery funding and focus on long-term resilience-building activities. Its success became a model for The Rockefeller Foundation’s global resilience efforts and illuminated New Orleans as a living laboratory for resilience thinking and planning.

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Mayor Landrieu and Councilmember James Gray Join CVS/Pharmacy to Break Ground on Lower Ninth Ward Store


AUGUST 21, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and District E Councilmember James Gray joined CVS/pharmacy to break ground on a new store in the Lower Ninth Ward. This is a major milestone for this area, marking the first major retailer to commit to a project in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina. The new store is scheduled to open in January 2016, bringing 20 new full and part-time permanent jobs to the community.

CVS/pharmacy is building a 13,225 square-foot retail store at 5000-5030 North Claiborne Avenue, at the corner of Forstall Street. The block currently includes an abandoned, former service station and a residential property.










Brandan Odums Channels Michelangelo in N.O. East Mural



http://nola.curbed.com/archives/2015...wall-mural.php



Permits:

428 Canal St·Renovation (Non-Structural) · Permit #15-25440-RNVN ·Ref Code: 7F5HGS
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Date Filed:
8/24/2015 4:02:05 PM
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Interior repairs to a commercial space: Electrical, flooring, plumbing; paint and trim.
911 Decatur St·Renovation (Non-Structural) · Permit #15-25442-RNVN ·Ref Code: YGMS11
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Date Filed:
8/24/2015 4:12:05 PM
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Interior repairs to a vacant space: Electrical, flooring, plumbing, sheetrock; paint and trim.




1450 Poydras St, 5th Fl·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: 85A103
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Michael Holly
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Date Filed:
8/24/2015 1:07:33 PM
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Non-structural tenant build-out of 5th floor as per plans.




228-230 Harrison Ave·Conditional Use · Project #15-1094 ·Ref Code: MBKUCJ
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Shirley G Stewart
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Draft Application
Date Filed:
7/21/2015 10:59:08 AM
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No
Description
Conditional use request to permit a non-accessory parking lot in an LB1 District.

El Gato Negro Expansion and Renovation as well as ancillary parking lot\


















216 N Villere St·New Construction ·Ref Code: Y8ALHS
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Applicant:
Michelle Burkart
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Date Filed:
8/25/2015 4:10:04 PM
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Description
New construction of three (3) story multi-family residential apartments (T-7)




5610 Read Blvd·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: 00RRZ2
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Richard N Lindsay
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Date Filed:
8/25/2015 4:52:54 PM
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No
Description
Renovation of a vacant commercial building into office space as per plans. Electrical, hvac, insulation, plumbing; sheetrock and trim.




205 Bourbon St·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: P3Z2C1
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Applicant:
John C. Williams
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Application Submitted
Date Filed:
8/25/2015 4:33:09 PM
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No
Description
Renovation and modification of an existing street facing Second Floor Balcony into an enlarged Gallery with columns at 205 Bourbon St. per plans attached. No change in Use and/or occupancy. Application is for VCC Architecture Committee review.




822 N Rampart St·Renovation (Structural) ·Ref Code: RZAV5L
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John C. Williams
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8/25/2015 3:06:39 PM
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Change of Use from Vacant, to Commercial 1st Level and Residential 2nd & 3rd Level, renovation & repairs





2101 S Claiborne Ave, Ste R162·Renovation (Non-Structural) ·Ref Code: U2VPMN
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Applicant:
George Jeansonne
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Application Submitted
Date Filed:
8/25/2015 3:49:56 PM
Closed:
No
Description
Tenant build out of a take-out wing restaurant as per plans within existing commercial space.



Union Street Hotel Plans


























City Planning Approves Mid-City Condo Development




http://canalstreetbeat.com/city-plan...o-development/


New Look for Rampart Street Hotel Apartment Complex from HRI:

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The design should be tweaked, especially the side facing Canal, but overall I think the project has more pros than cons and I would definitely like to see it built. The problem with saying it should be built elsewhere, is that since this new CZO, with its dumb height limits, very few places are zoned for this height. It was a fight to approve a 14-storey world-class hotel, last week. To me, it's no worse than the Monteleone a block over, which I also have no problem with. I'd love if we had more height like this offset from the street in that first block along Canal Street. The City Council should approve this IMHO.
word for word. build it asap!
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