historic preservation http://wwno.org en Boom And Blight In Mid-City http://wwno.org/post/boom-and-blight-mid-city <p>The problem of blight in New Orleans has hardly disappeared with the uptick in the city’s housing market. And on one quiet block in Mid-City, a very hot piece of real estate and a blighted home are existing side by side.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local contractor Pete </span>Becnel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sold his renovated </span>D’Hemecourt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street house in 24 hours. Just next door sits a house abandoned since Katrina. The crudely fashioned escape hatch from the roof is still visible.</span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Karen Gadbois 44273 at http://wwno.org French Quarter Battles Habana Outpost Restaurant Proposal http://wwno.org/post/french-quarter-battles-habana-outpost-restaurant-proposal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nola.gov/vcc/" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vieux</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carré</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.nola.gov/vcc/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Commission</a> is scheduled to hold a final hearing&nbsp;Wednesday on</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a restaurant proposed for the French Quarter. A year-long battle with residents over the project will likely continue, no matter what’s decided.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sean&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meenan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;wants open a two-story open-air Cuban restaurant at North Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He operates two similar establishments in New York City and one in Malibu, California.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But neighbors of the proposed&nbsp;</span>Habana<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Outpost say it’s too big, and it doesn’t belong where the Quarter also borders the historic&nbsp;</span>Tremé<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span>Marigny<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;neighborhoods.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 43077 at http://wwno.org Nonprofit requests demolition for house that city spent $35,000 to save and move http://wwno.org/post/nonprofit-requests-demolition-house-city-spent-35000-save-and-move <p>In a blow to housing preservation efforts, the nonprofit owners of a home that was moved from the new Veteran&rsquo;s Affairs Hospital site to Tremé recently asked for permission to demolish the historic house.</p><p>The city spent $35,000 to move the house and donated it to Providence Community Housing.</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Karen Gadbois | The Lens 14898 at http://wwno.org