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Old Posted Dec 19, 2012, 1:00 AM
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Anyone seen the new streetcar shelters on Loyola? They're almost finished; looks like they will have flatscreen monitors and a really slick acrylic ceiling. This is exactly the kind of bold modern stuff the streetcar system needs. Now if only we can get some modern streetcars...
Let's hope those flatscreens are well-protected.
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The screens haven't been installed yet, but they look like they will be shielded by 3/4" acrylic inside a fairly hefty sheet metal box that's anchored into the concrete.

It's not impossible to steal the flatscreens, but you'd probably need to tie a rope around it and yank it off with a car. Honestly, I'm more concerned with people stealing the damn wiring and cutting the power. I hope the access panels are strong, or we could end up with the same problem the streetlights have.
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I was at the VCC meeting yesterday and Musso was being a heck of a tough cookie about this. They wanted 87 units I think and he would only let them get by with like 82? I can't remember. He was requiring more parking than they wanted and they aren't even required to have parking...anyway.

In good news...WHERE YA RACK's bike corral design got approved by the VCC yesterdday!!!!!!! That's why i dont remember the number of units...

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D.H. Holmes Apartments building is Poised for a Facelift
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CityBusiness reports that the publicly owned D.H. Holmes Apartments building, which HRI Properties manages as a master lessee for the Canal Street Development Corp. is poised for an $8 million to $10 million facelift, pending necessary government approvals. Seven new ground-floor units fronting Dauphine and Bienville streets, a renovated lobby, a new front entrance and other improvements are in the works.

GW Fins and Deanie’s Seafood are currently located in the D.H. Holmes Apartment building.

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Whoo! Are you putting the corrals into the parking lane on a street somewhere?
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Can you show us pics or renderings of it?



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New Construction Retail Pre-Construction/Negotiated
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Private Monday, April 1, 2013
Estimated Value* Square Footage
$13,000,000.00 156000
Address
South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Orleans County
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Region


Description Site work and new construction of a commercial development in New Orleans. Design development plans call for the construction of a two-story, 156,000-square-foot shopping center.

This project is pending final approval by the city council. A general contractor is being negotiated and is not being released at this time. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin second quarter 2013.


Isidore Newman School - Science CenterProject Type Building Use Status
Renovation Educational
Laboratories Conceptual
Sector Est. Start Date
Private Monday, June 2, 2014
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$1,000,000.00
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Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Description Renovation of an educational facility in New Orleans. Conceptual plans call for the renovation of the science facilities at an existing private school.

A firm timeline has not been established but construction is expected to begin in June 2014 following the completion of two other projects on campus and fundraising. Neither an architect nor a general contractor has been selected. Interested parties should contact the developer.


Isidore Newman School - New Early Childhood Center
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Day Care Centers Conceptual
Sector Est. Start Date
Private Monday, June 3, 2013
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$2,000,000.00
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Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Description Site work and new construction of an educational facility in New Orleans. Conceptual plans call for the construction of an L-shaped pre-school building with room for 12 classes and an indoor gathering area.

A firm timeline has not been established but construction is expected to begin in June 2013. An architect will be selected before January 2013. Interested parties should contact the developer.


Isidore Newman School - Athletic Facilities
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Fitness / Rec Centers Conceptual
Sector Est. Start Date
Private Monday, December 2, 2013
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$1,000,000.00
Address
Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Description Renovation of an educational facility in New Orleans. Conceptual plans call for the renovation of the athletic facilities at an existing private school. Alterations include a new entrance and new locker rooms.


Joseph Bartholomew Clubhouse and Storage Building


Project Type Building Use Status
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Site Work Warehouse / Distribution
Clubhouse / Community Centers GC Bidding
Sector Bid Date Est. Start Date
Public Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Monday, February 11, 2013
Estimated Value* Square Footage Solicitation #
$3,730,236.00 12000 2285-01391
Address
6520 Congress St.
New Orleans, LA 70127
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Description Site work and new construction of a municipal building in New Orleans. Design development plans call for the new construction of a 6,320-square-foot clubhouse with concessions stand and a 3,867-square-foot storage building. Plan also include a 1,680-square-foot picnic shelter.

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Old Posted Dec 20, 2012, 7:32 PM
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Where Ya Rack Corrals

Well, our design is now set. The only outstanding items are whether DPW wants them perpindicular to the curb or on a 45 degree angle. We think that we'll all want the angle because it makes the corral 16" narrower and further from traffic.

We also are about to submit the first batch of possible locations (mainly Decatur) to DPW for approval. They are in a multitude of types of locations. Some are split 50/50 with the wide portion of the corner 'sevens' and a parking spot, some are in a freight zone but only one that covers an entire block and just isn't necessary to have that much room, some are in full bore parking spots, but we mainly tried to stay with unused, unmarked, or underutilized spots in general to keep complaints to a minimum. Businesses want loading zones, residents and visitors want car parking, and though everyone wants bike parking, they all have to look out for their own interests and we get that. We'll know more when we get feedback from DPW hopefully in a few weeks.

But for now, here's a picture of a corral in Portland just in case you've never seen one. This one has the racks perpindicular to the curb. We are thinking the 45 degree angle and we hope to use 6 racks per corral with a curb stop on both ends.



We aren't using that specific rack though. We are going to use the Dero "Downtown" rack which is made of 2" square tube and thus can't be cut with pipecutters like the round ones pictured above.

Here's the diagram of 3, 4, 5, and 6 rack corrals:



They will all be in black powder coat to match the existing VCC infrastructure. ONLY the endcaps (so only 2 of 6) will carry our logo and the sponsor's recognition plaque which is placed on the bar beneath our logo. The other four middle racks will be plain downtown racks in black powder coat. Here's the endcap design:



We intend to use this same corral design in other high-density parts of the city and DPW agrees that this is a good idea. For now the focus was on the quarter since that design would have to meet so many approvals and thus would be the precedent. We don't want 10 different corral designs for 10 different parts of town. We want 1. Also, the city will not be putting down any striping around the corrals which we agree with. It's expensive and mostly permanent and while the racks are permanent the expense doesn't justify doing it. There's just not much benefit to it...ok you see the bike rack...do you need to be told it's a bike rack?
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[QUOTE=IceCream;5945752]Well, our design is now set. The only outstanding items are whether DPW wants them perpindicular to the curb or on a 45 degree angle. We think that we'll all want the angle because it makes the corral 16" narrower and further from traffic.


Those are very well designed! Now maybe someone can come up with a design for a fool proof bike lock that includes the seat and handle bars!

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It's odd that DPW is so gung-ho after wholly rejecting Bike Easy on the Decatur bike lanes.

How will you deal with nighttime visibility, especially if you're getting black powder coat? At least the curb barriers should be covered in something retro-reflective, just in case. Streetlights, even in the Quarter, are not very bright and not terribly reliable.
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It's odd that DPW is so gung-ho after wholly rejecting Bike Easy on the Decatur bike lanes.

How will you deal with nighttime visibility, especially if you're getting black powder coat? At least the curb barriers should be covered in something retro-reflective, just in case. Streetlights, even in the Quarter, are not very bright and not terribly reliable.
FQMD and VCC are working on the lighting situation so hopefully that improves sooner rather than later.

I'm pretty sure each rack will have a piece of reflective tape approximately 2 inches wide wrapped around the street side of each rack near the top. But yes, the curb stops will also be bright and I think reflective. Someone else handled all the quoting so I'm not aware of the EXACT specs of the "accessories" such as the curb stops and reflective tape.
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FQMD and VCC are working on the lighting situation so hopefully that improves sooner rather than later.

I'm pretty sure each rack will have a piece of reflective tape approximately 2 inches wide wrapped around the street side of each rack near the top. But yes, the curb stops will also be bright and I think reflective. Someone else handled all the quoting so I'm not aware of the EXACT specs of the "accessories" such as the curb stops and reflective tape.
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According to the newest data from GNOCDC on active addresses and my own calculatons, New Orleans has grown by around 700 people over the past month alone!

http://gnocdc.org/ActiveResidentialAddresses/index.html
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After Driving through through the Quarter last night it's pretty obvious that in these days of "Over The Top Crime" we need to have an aletrnate form of lighting for the Quarter. There's gotta be a better way. even if to have light reflecting off the buildings onto the street like the US Customs House on Canal St. It could highlight the Architecture at night and improve saftey in some of the darker areas. Charters between Canal and St Louis feels like a dark unlit alley.
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After Driving through through the Quarter last night it's pretty obvious that in these days of "Over The Top Crime" we need to have an aletrnate form of lighting for the Quarter. There's gotta be a better way. even if to have light reflecting off the buildings onto the street like the US Customs House on Canal St. It could highlight the Architecture at night and improve saftey in some of the darker areas. Charters between Canal and St Louis feels like a dark unlit alley.
Uplighting buildings is a big no-no to the VCC, because it's not historic. They've allowed a few exceptions for the cathedral and a handful of other prominent buildings, but they'll reject it for the average home or business.

This isn't a quick solution, but allowing more residents in the upper floors of Chartres and Royal, and maybe developing the parking lots on Decatur will bring more foot traffic on a nightly basis as well as more window light, which wouldn't hurt the crime situation.
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Also, using that GNOCDC data i posted the GNO area has grown by around 20-25 thousand ppl in the past year. The state grew by 30 thousand so thats saying something!

GNO is growing strong!
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Also, using that GNOCDC data i posted the GNO area has grown by around 20-25 thousand ppl in the past year. The state grew by 30 thousand so thats saying something!

GNO is growing strong!
Thanks for that, rcp- if we say it was 22k (just as a happy medium), then that's a growth rate for area of just under two percent- which isn't bad at all and leaps and bounds above what we were seeing Pre-K.

Does anybody know what they are doing at the old Albertson's (Goodwill) at Jeff Davis and Tulane? They've demolished the old gas station island, and I can't imagine it's just for more parking.
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A growth rate of 2-3 percent is great these days! Whats great to is that it is growth in the urban, developed areas as well. Not exurban growth exclusively!
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There’s some very good news for the WTC.... hopefully it will not be demolished, but gutted and replace the existing cladding with something more contemporary or more attractive than the exposed aggregate panels

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.s...urce=pulsenews
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Uplighting buildings is a big no-no to the VCC, because it's not historic. They've allowed a few exceptions for the cathedral and a handful of other prominent buildings, but they'll reject it for the average home or business.

This isn't a quick solution, but allowing more residents in the upper floors of Chartres and Royal, and maybe developing the parking lots on Decatur will bring more foot traffic on a nightly basis as well as more window light, which wouldn't hurt the crime situation.
Maybe the VCC could take note of the way historic cities in Europe have successfully kept the streets well lit at night without intruding on the historic quality of the area. There are many ways to do this It just takes a little ingenuity. It may not deter all crime but I think it could help, NOLA needs not to have anymore negative national news about the crime rate. Hopefully something can be done to slow down crime.
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According to the newest data from GNOCDC on active addresses and my own calculatons, New Orleans has grown by around 700 people over the past month alone!

http://gnocdc.org/ActiveResidentialAddresses/index.html
That's very impressive considering Houston once boasted that it was growing by 1000 people every month during the Oil Boom days in the early '80's. Let's hope it continues.
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Maybe the VCC could take note of the way historic cities in Europe have successfully kept the streets well lit at night without intruding on the historic quality of the area. There are many ways to do this It just takes a little ingenuity. It may not deter all crime but I think it could help, NOLA needs not to have anymore negative national news about the crime rate. Hopefully something can be done to slow down crime.
Here's the summary of the VCC goal with lights (and it makes sense to me):

The current lights are NOT historically accurate. They use an inappropriate type bulb (wrong type of light to be accurate enough) that is too bright (think of sterile halogens in an office) and the bulbs require that the tops of the fixture be closed in with metal in order to house the electrical stuff.

This creates a very bright light in the immediate area around the light and doesn't allow the light to project upward and outward. So it essentially creates a sharp contrast of cone shaped light in the immediate area around and below each lamp. When you turn a corner, for instance, the light immediately disappears and you are left in the dark and thus an easy target of crime.

What is more accurate and overall better on many levels (safety, accuracy, and architecturally illuminating the buildings) would be a more natural, softer light where the tops of the fixtures would be glass which produces a light that "bounces" around more easily off the buildings and thus creates one nice, soft glow throughout the quarter and eliminates the feeling of "i'm under a light, good, to oh no there's no light let me run to the next light post to feel safe."

I hope that makes sense...i'm no architect or electrician...but it makes enough sense to me. Seems win-win for everyone.
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