land use

The Lens
4:45 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Residents Raise Questions About Uptown Streets Marked 'Private'

Richmond Place is one of three Uptown streets that are posted as private, but haven't been taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams is investigating whether the streets are indeed private.
Charles Maldonado The Lens

 

There has been a battle brewing over the fence on Newcomb Boulevard, which residents installed to block traffic from Freret Street. A group of residents and community associations responded with a lawsuit objecting to the gated closure of a public street.

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Community
7:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Whole Foods Opens New Store, Geared To Lower Income Shoppers, In Mid-City

The new Whole Foods is just one of several developments reshaping Mid-City.
Kate Richardson WWNO

A new Whole Foods store opened in Mid-City on Tuesday, at Broad and Bienville. It’s the site of the former Schwegmann’s grocery, which has been vacant ever since Katrina.

The space includes four nonprofit tenants in addition to the Whole Foods. The upscale grocery is just one of many factors reshaping the area.

Ten days before the grand opening of the new Whole Foods, the meeting room at the Sojourner Truth community center was buzzing in anticipation.

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The Lens
11:46 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Lens: Two Groups Vie For Vacant ArtWorks Building

The ArtWorks building, near Lee Circle, has attracted the interest of start-up incubator Launch Pad, as well as a rival bid from proponents of a culinary school.
Corporate Realty The Lens

The ArtWorks building near Lee Circle is up for sale once again. The $25 million, 93,000-square-foot building was built as a creative space for artists, but closed its doors 2 years ago after having financial trouble. Now, two groups are bidding to purchase the space.

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Listening Post NOLA
2:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Voices From The WWNO Listening Post: Charity Hospital

The Charity Hospital building has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Myers

The 1939 Charity Hospital building served the healthcare needs of generations of the city’s poor. However, its basement flooded during hurricane Katrina, and for the past eight years the building has remained vacant.

WWNO’s Listening Post collected audio from its two regular recording locations — at Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street — to hear what people had to say about the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and the surrounding area. The Listening Post asked people these questions:

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The Lens
8:45 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Official Decisions On Blight Are Not Always Transparent

Some homes in the city are fast-tracked to be demolished, while other blighted homes are left to collapse.
Credit Karen Gadbois

This week, the city held public hearings about overhauling the citywide zoning code.

Most people don't pay attention to zoning issues, but it has a direct impact on potentially every property in the city — from bars and retail to major manufacturing.

Reporter Karen Gadbois covers land use for The Lens. She talks with WWNO's Eve Troeh about the many ways that zoning decisions and other city initiatives like blight reduction can impact neighborhoods and homeowners, and how those important decisions are made.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

New Orleans Mapping Future Through Zoning Ordinance

New Orleans City Planning

New Orleans officials are explaining the new zoning ordinance in a series of public meetings.

New Orleans residents are getting a glimpse of the future in the city’s proposed new zoning laws. The latest version comes after two years of reviews.

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Community
5:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Once A House, Now A Parking Lot: But No Zoning Change?

The owners of Good Time Sushi on Elysian Fields were able to purchase the Lot Next Door through the Near Miss program, an unpermitted parking lot has sprung up where a house once stood.
Karen Gadbois

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority still holds many properties that owners ceded to government control through the Road Home program after Hurricane Katrina. Many of those were sold to neighbors who lived next door. Others were auctioned.

But some Road Home residential lots have been taken over by the business next door. A change in property use, from a residence to a business, is supposed to come with an official zoning process.

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