development

Red River Radio
9:12 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Downtown Shreveport developers seek retailers for rent-free storefront program

The two-story Zodiag building under renovation in downtown Shreveport will be part of the city's next Pop UP Project.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:53 pm

The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority is gearing up for a second Pop UP project.

This time, a vacant, turn-of-the-century building in the central business district will be filled with 6,000 square-feet of retailers that currently don’t have a brick-and-mortar storefront.

Business owners apply to get a rent-free space in the Pop UP. If chosen, they will operate their venture out of the Zodiag building for two weeks, according to Liz Swaine, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Out To Lunch: Whole Food Whole New City

Peter Ricchiuti, GNO, Inc.'s Michael Hecht and John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Self-styled "Emperor of the Universe" entertainer Ernie K-Doe used to say that besides New Orleans being the birthplace of jazz, he was pretty sure everything came from New Orleans. When you tell people that grocery giant Whole Foods started here in New Orleans — on Esplanade Avenue — you generally get the same response you'd expect k-Doe would have gotten with his wild claim.

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Latest News
7:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion

New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.

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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

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

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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