development

Hotel Implosion
8:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

State will move residents before Sunday implosion

State officials say they will send buses to the Iberville public housing development to move residents before Sunday's planned implosion of a former hotel near.

The Times-Picayune reports some residents worried that the implosion, planned for Sunday morning, would shower the development with dust.

Iberville's 400 households are not required to evacuate but "out of an abundance of caution," officials will move residents with respiratory issues from the complex Sunday morning, said Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the state's Division of Administration.

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Colonial Golf & Country Club
8:52 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Colonial Golf & Country Club sale approved

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of Colonial Golf & Country Club's 88-acre property to businessman John Georges and real estate developer Wayne Ducote.

Judge Elizabeth Magner congratulated the parties assembled Wednesday after confirming the Harahan-based club's Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

The Times-Picayune reports the 87-year-old club closed in January and declared bankruptcy in February, a day before the property was to be sold at a state court-ordered auction.

NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
3:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time

Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:19 pm

New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.

Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.

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Community Development
6:53 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

City looking to spend federal money more efficiently, quickly

The Hoffman Triangle III project aimed to complete nine new homes for first-time homebuyers by the end of last year. But only 5 were completed, according to a city report detailing how federal housing grant funds were spent in 2011.
Tom Gogola The Lens

It seemed like a simple enough question: How much of a $25 million annual federal allocation did Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration spend last year to help struggling residents and address blight?

The precise figure is hard to decipher, city officials said. On the one hand, the city spent more than $25 million because of money rolled over from previous years. But it didn’t spend all of its 2011 money, citing project delays.

As they do annually, the feds are letting the money roll into this year, so the city hasn’t lost any funding.

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Rivertown Revival
9:41 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Kenner Seeks to Revive Historic Rivertown Area

KENNER, La. (AP) — The city of Kenner is launching efforts to revive its historic Rivertown area.

A farmer's market and outdoor movie nights will start next month as part of the effort to lure more people to the area. And a new company is taking over the area's performing arts theaters.

Mayor Mike Yenni's vision for the historic area is for a vibrant area that doesn't require a government subsidy, according to The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/I9diix ).

Mid-City Business Development
4:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mid-City Market Construction Begins

City officials and business leaders are celebrating the start of a shopping development in the heart of New Orleans. City leaders say the Mid-City Market will affect the entire city.

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Federal City
4:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Treasury Department Awards New Markets Tax Credits at Federal City

nolafederalcity.com

The Treasury Department is awarding $3.6 billion dollars in New Markets Tax Credits to revitalize low-income and distressed communities. Five Louisiana organizations are among the recipients, and are getting a total of almost $300 million.

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Saenger Theatre
8:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Mayor Landrieu Signs Deal To Reopen Saenger Theatre

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed off on a deal that he says will reopen the Saenger Theatre within two years. Plans to reopen the Canal Street landmark seem to have cleared hurdles that have delayed the project.

Mayor Landrieu assembled members in his office of the public-private partnership that he says is putting the Saenger Theatre project back in action.

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WWNO News Features
11:54 am
Wed July 16, 2008

New Entertainment Center Coming to East Bank

Portrait of Marie Laveau, after a painting by Frank Schneider, in turn after George Catlin; the original hangs in the Cabildo in New Orleans.

"Blaine Kern's Entertainment Complex" will renew part of the riverfront.

Features
3:30 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Project "Sync-Up" for Musicians

Project "Sync-Up" is a new economic initiative to help Louisiana's musicians.

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