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Latest News
7:06 am
Fri July 18, 2014

China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant

Officials at the plant announcement.
Credit GNO, Inc.

A Chinese company has announced plans to build a methanol manufacturing plant in St. James Parish. It’s the first major investment project by a Chinese company in Louisiana.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Grocery Store Takes Shape In Central City

New Orleans officials have gotten a look at a new grocery store coming in Central City.

A celebration marked the final roof bracket being installed at the former Myrtle Banks School on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

The first and second floors are being renovated to become the Jack and Jake’s Public Market. The third floor will have offices for non-profits and small businesses involving creative industries.

The building constructed in 1910 was originally the McDonogh 38 school. It closed in 2002 and then was damaged by a fire in 2008.

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Education
7:35 am
Tue June 17, 2014

What Will Come Of New Orleans' Empty, Damaged School Buildings?

The abandoned Alfred E. Priestley school has not hosted students in decades.
Michael DeMocker Nola.com / The Times-Picayune

In a recent story, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune education reporter Danielle Dreilinger took a look at the many empty buildings and vacant lots still owned by the Orleans Parish School Board. Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods damaged many school properties, though some sat vacant and rotting long before the storm.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Lower 9th Ward Village Scrambles For Funding

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center building.
Credit Screen capture from Kickstarter

Ward "Mack" McClendon talks about financial problems hitting the Lower Ninth Ward Village.

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center has fallen on tough financial times. Supporters are looking for help in small ways, because big promises of funding have fallen apart.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.

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Latest News
5:05 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

City Council Clears The Way For Controversial Holy Cross Development

Supporters and opponents of the Holy Cross development packed City Hall chambers on Thursday. The council voted to approve the zoning changes that will allow the development to proceed.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Cheers and jeers erupted in city council chambers Thursday afternoon as the council voted “yes” to allowing a hotly contested zoning change that will clear the way for a developer, Perez APC, to build a five-story mixed-use residential property on the former site of the Holy Cross School in the Lower 9th Ward.

Neighborhood residents who fought to force the developer to build within current zoning laws left the meeting disappointed and angry. But supporters of the development, like Eric O’Neal Sr., said they were elated that the project would finally be allowed to move forward.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Holy Cross Project Heads To New Orleans City Council

Holy Cross residents plan to fight a proposed mixed-use development.

A controversial development proposed for the Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward heads to the New Orleans City Council later today. Neighbors are fighting a 13-acre development they say threatens riverfront neighborhoods throughout the city.

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Latest News
4:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Negotiations Over World Trade Center Development Fall Apart

Negotiations between the city of New Orleans and Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the former World Trade Center have collapsed.
Wally Gobetz Flickr

Negotiations between the city of New Orleans and Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the former World Trade Center have collapsed.

According to a statement released Wednesday by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, the city rejected the developer's final offer to turn the long-derelict high-rise into a W Hotel with rental apartments on the top floor.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the city notified Gatehouse that it was terminating talks in a letter dated April 17.

The Lens
8:35 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Battle Brewing In Holy Cross Over Proposed Highrises

Vanessa Gueringer and Kim Ford of the Holy Cross neighborhood association discuss the proposed high-rise development in Holy Cross.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

The Holy Cross neighborhood is tucked against the levee in the Lower 9th Ward. It takes its name from the historic Holy Cross School, which flooded after Katrina and re-opened in Gentilly, leaving behind a 13-acre campus of rolling fields reaching to the levees, and a vacant administration building with graceful, wrought-iron balconies.

There aren’t a lot of parks in the Lower 9. So the levee is used for exercise, picnicking and relaxing.

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Red River Radio
10:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Downtown Shreveport aims to fill empty storefronts with Pop UPs

Business partners Lydell Smith (left) and Jonathan Burks have submitted their application to be part of downtown Shreveport's Pop UP Project.

The city of Shreveport and the Downtown Development Authority have organized the city’s first Pop UP Project. It aims to give regional businesses a two-week opportunity to have free, storefront real estate in downtown Shreveport. 

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