News & Highlights
CVS @LA and Magazine Set To Open on Sunday
The new neighborhood CVS on Louisiana and Magazine is slated to open this Sunday after months of renovation. The former Blockbuster occupied the majority of the space for years until the online movie rental industry pushed them by the wayside. The space remained vacant for quite some time. In the past few months The Green Tea and Subway restaurants closed in preparation for the new pharmacy/drugstore to occupy the entire space. The Garden District Association and representatives for CVS met many times to mitigate the impact on the neighborhood and have entered into a Good Neighbor Agreement along with the Touro Bouligny Association. This agreement dictates many things including the now evident changes to exterior of the building (see the before and after photos below), restricted sales of liquor, the type of signage used, restrictions on signage seen from the street, the location of the dumpsters, and the times of truck deliveries. We appreciate their working with us on these issues of concern to the nearby residents and welcome them to the neighborhood.
Prytania At Louisiana closed on Friday
The intersection of Prytania St. at Louisiana Ave. is scheduled to be closed on Friday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to facilitate safe movement of a crane.
Our Lady Of Good Counsel School Building Conversion to Apartments
On Thursday, November 12 at 6:00, the developers and architects of the proposed development to convert Our Lady of Good Counsel School building into apartments will give a neighborhood presentation on the project. The meeting will be held at the Rink on Washington and Prytania.
The proposed plan is to renovate the school building in the 1200 block of Louisiana Avenue into approximately 22 market rate apartments. Parking for most units will be provided for on site. There are no structural changes planned for the exterior of the building.
The developers are seeking approval by the City Planning Commission and the City Council for a conditional use permit to allow this conversion. This neighborhood meeting is the first step in the process. The City Planning Commission and the City Council will both hold public hearings on the matter. These have not yet been scheduled. The Garden District Association will be asked to take a position on the matter at its next meeting on November 19th. Any comments should be sent via email to the email@example.com prior to that time.
New Condo Building Approved for 2400 Block of St. Charles
Yesterday, the City Planning Commission approved the request for a new 10-unit condominium building to be constructed in the 2400 block of St. Charles Avenue. Two ranch style homes are slated for demolition to allow for this new building. The Garden District Association, led by it president Andre Gaudin, opposed the 17-foot height waiver requested and many neighbors opposed the construction based on its height, massing and close proximity to the adjacent building. To read more about the hearing, please see the article in the Uptown Messenger via this link. The measure will go to the City Council for approval or denial.
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.).