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Development
2:15 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

New Delta Community College program targets growth of middle class

Louisiana Delta Community College is launching a campaign aimed at growing the middle class in the impoverished Delta country parishes of northeast Louisiana.

The News-Star reports the goals of the Delta Compact — the name given to the marketing, education and development campaign — are to increase the high school graduation rate in the three parishes to 70 percent, increase college attendance among graduating seniors to 50 percent, reduce the unemployment rate and increase access to the Internet.

Film Industry
3:43 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

$15M film complex planned in St. Rose

Quixote Studios, a Los Angeles-based production services company, is breaking ground on a $15 million sound stage and "film campus" project in St. Rose.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports the first two phases are scheduled for completion in early 2013 and include two stages with 30,000 square feet of space.

Quixote CEO Mikel Elliott says the company opened a studio shop in New Orleans last year and moved to the St. Rose location two months ago.

The second phase entails two more 30,000-square-foot stages and is expected to be complete in 2014.

Ascension Parish Development
3:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tax doubt could hurt project in Ascension Parish

A land owner in Ascension Parish worries that a local sales tax dispute could force a Fortune 500 company to abandon its development plans in Gonzales.

Nolan "Sonny" Lamendola has an agreement to sell 18 acres to Emerson Process Management.

Emerson has been in Ascension Parish for 40 years and plans to build a $10 million expansion to consolidate six of its operations or subsidiaries, including two elsewhere in the parish.

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Marigny Development
12:31 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

City Council rejects proposal for Marigny apartments

The New Orleans City Council has rejected a 25-foot height waiver sought by a developer who wants to build an apartment building in Faubourg Marigny.

The Times-Picayune reports developer Sean Cummings said the decision "kills the project."

Without the ability to build the modernistic, six-story building to a height of 75 feet, he said the $20 million project isn't viable.

The council rejected the waiver on a unanimous vote.

ULL Student Union
11:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

ULL student union project begins soon

The long-awaited renovations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student union are scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

By the time the semester starts Aug. 20, William Crist, campus facilities manager, tells The Advocate the only service open in the building will be the bookstore.

Crist says construction will start around Aug. 15 and the completion date as of right now is August of 2014.

Students gave their support to the update and expansion of the building about 10 years ago when they approved a $55 fee per semester dedicated to the renovation project.

Marine Corps Support Facility Opening
10:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Marines to mark new command in New Orleans

The Marine Forces Reserve plans ceremonies on Monday to formally activate the Force Headquarters Group.

The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. at the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans.

Force Headquarters Group was formed July 18 and is commanded by Maj. Gen. Tracy Garrett. The organization handles administrative and operational command of six Marine Reserve units.

Garrett will be transferring command to Brig. Gen. Paul Lebidine.

Latest News
6:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Palace Hotel Implodes To Make Way For University Medical Center

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has a front-row seat for the implosion. Three photos follow of the blast and aftermath.
Erin Krall

Only rubble remains of the old Palace Hotel in New Orleans. State officials say the implosion of the 17-story building next to I-10 went as scheduled.

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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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