historic preservation

The Lens
8:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Boom And Blight In Mid-City

The more modern house on the left remains a blight on the neighborhood. Becnel hopes the city will demolish it.
Credit Karen Gadbois

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.

Local contractor Pete Becnel sold his renovated D’Hemecourt 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.

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French Quarter
7:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

French Quarter Battles Habana Outpost Restaurant Proposal

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Habana Outpost owner is set to argue for his restaurant approval from the Vieux Carré Commission.

The Vieux Carré Commission is scheduled to hold a final hearing Wednesday on a restaurant proposed for the French Quarter. A year-long battle with residents over the project will likely continue, no matter what’s decided.

Sean Meenan wants open a two-story open-air Cuban restaurant at North Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue. He operates two similar establishments in New York City and one in Malibu, California.

But neighbors of the proposed Habana Outpost say it’s too big, and it doesn’t belong where the Quarter also borders the historic Tremé and Marigny neighborhoods.

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Historic Preservation
9:30 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Nonprofit requests demolition for house that city spent $35,000 to save and move

The nonprofit that owns this house in Tremé requested permission to tear it down, but has since said it's making efforts to renovate it.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

In a blow to housing preservation efforts, the nonprofit owners of a home that was moved from the new Veteran’s Affairs Hospital site to Tremé recently asked for permission to demolish the historic house.

The city spent $35,000 to move the house and donated it to Providence Community Housing.

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