News & Highlights

Fancy Meeting You There!


On Sunday, September 13,  the fabulously, fun and fancy Garden District neighbors will gather once again at Commander’s Palace to benefit the Garden District Association.  It’s always such a treat to mix and mingle with good company and, of course,  great food! 

We hope you will join us as a Benefactor at this year’s Fall Affair to help support our work throughout the year.  As such, your name will be listed on the invitation and you will be invited to attend the Benefactor pre-party in the courtyard at Commander’s.  The event will begin at 6p.m.

If you would like to be a Benefactor, please print and return the pledge form below, or simply click here to purchase tickets online.  Please be sure to note how you would  prefer for your name(s) to be listed on the invitation: Mr., Ms, Mrs. or first names.  

Hope to see you in the crowd! 

Yancey and Lonnie Bewley, Co- Chairs                          Loftin and Matt Brook, Co Chairs


Benefactor tickets: $250 per person

Supporter tickets:  $175 per person; will be available after the printing of the invitation.   

Benefactor Pledge Form 2015

2400-2416 St Charles Avenue Demolition and New Construction Request


Dear Garden District residents:

NOTE: Because of a conflict of interest, I have recused myself from all discussion on this project.  All comments should be sent to Andre Gaudin, President of the Garden District Association via

Shelley Landrieu, GDA Executive Director


On Thursday, June 25 at 5:00 pm a meeting will be held to discuss a demolition and new construction proposal for 2400-2416  St. Charles Avenue.  It will be held at the offices of the project architect John Williams, 824 Baronne Street.  Neighbors within 300 foot radius of the project should have received a mailed notice of this meeting as required by the city’s Neighborhood Participation Process.   Because the developers are asking for additional height for the building, this project must go through the city’s conditional use process at  the City Planning Commission which opens it for public comment.  Likewise, because it falls within the St. Charles Avenue Historic District, a hearing before the HDLC Commissioners will also be open for public comment. Your input is welcome.

Following is a brief description of the project from the architects noting some tentative hearing dates and attached is a draft schematic.

“The project proposes to tear down the outdated ranch style houses located at 2400 St  Charles avenue and 2416 St. Charles Avenue. In their place, we’d like to construct a traditional brick and cast stone, four-story, 24,400 square foot, multi-family building. The building will house eleven residential units each approx. 2,000 sf in size. Each unit will have access to the rooftop pool, which will be located  on the 4th floor,  as well as two parking spaces, located on the ground floor in the rear of the building.  As indicated in the elevations, the building will step down in the back and only go up to approximately 46 ft. in height., and the front façade will be approximately 57 ft. in height.

We are requesting a conditional use as outlined in the Current Zoning Ordinance. I’ve attached the zoning pertaining to out lots (page 4 concerns the height). It is important to us to have a properly proportioned building that is located on such an important street like St. Charles Avenue. The extension in height will allow us to do that.

We are currently working on a rendering and will have that available at the NPP meeting to be held June 25th. Invites went out yesterday for that.

June 23rd – HDLC ARC Meeting

June 25th – NPP Meeting

August 11th – CPC Hearing ( City Planning)

Thanks, Lacey Wotring, LEED AP, John C. Williams Architects, LLC


2400 St. Chas. :Site Plan_Schematic Design

2400 St. Chas:Ext. Elevations_Schematic Design

Entergy Storm Plans


Please see attached link from Entergy regarding their storm preparedness plans, particularly the many different channels where citizens can both receive and submit outage info (phone and text alerts, the Entergy app, social media channels, etc.).

EStormComm 050715 (2)

Town Hall Meeting re Road Work and SELA Drainage Project


Councilmember Cantrell will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday June 9th  at 6pm at the First Presbyterian Church 5401 S. Claiborne Ave to address the concerns of the public regarding the SELA Flood Control Projects and related street repairs.   Please share the attached flyer with your neighbors.

Streetcar Crossovers at LA, Napoleon and Jefferson To Close


Attached is information regarding upcoming work on St. Charles Avenue and LA Avenue, Napoleon and Jefferson intersections related to SELA that will begin on June 1st.

Additionally, on June 1st, the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and St. Charles Ave. will be closed. Vehicular traffic traveling northbound on Jefferson Ave. will not be able to cross St. Charles Ave. Traffic wishing to continue north on Jefferson Ave. or west on St. Charles Ave. will be detoured to Leontine St. This closure will be in place for the three month duration with intermittent openings where possible.

Next Tuesday, the Sewerage and Water Board is hosting a public meeting to discuss this work. Corps personnel will be present. The meeting will take place at the Lyons Recreation Center Gymnasium, 624 Louisiana Ave. at 6:00 p.m. A flyer for this meeting is attached.

Unrelated to SELA work, the Sewerage and Water Board is performing sewer line repairs on Jefferson Ave. From Tuesday, May 26th to Friday, May 29th, northbound Jefferson Ave. from Pitt St. to St. Charles Ave. will be closed. For questions about this work, please call the S&WB at 504-529-2837.

Please let me know if you have questions or comments.


Caitlin E. Campbell
Public Affairs – Contractor
US Army Corps of Engineers
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
504.862.2545 desk
504.202.6890 bb


St Charles Press Release FINAL

Meeting 5-26-15 Notice-2