News & Highlights
Jazz and Juleps – Southern Supper On The Lawn
April 19th marks the date where friends and neighbors will gather on the beautiful lawn of hosts Heidi and James Dugan for a Southern charmed supper. The corner of Third and Prytania was once the home to Our Lady of Perpetual Help prior to its reincarnation as a home by local author Anne Rice.
The Dugans have graciously offered their gardens for the Garden District Association’s newest tradition, Jazz and Juleps for a early evening dinner. We are lucky enough to have secured Don Vappie Trio to entertain us throughout the evening. Hope you will join us.
Tickets for the event are now available online. Please click here for more information
1700 Louisiana Avenue Slated for Demolition
The former Le Roux banquet hall at 1700 Louisiana (May 2014 photograph by Google Street View)
The former Le Roux banquet hall on Louisiana Avenue that was damaged by fire last year has been approved for demolition, and the owner is considering replacing it with a new condo development.
The building at 1700 Louisiana Avenue was already closed, boarded up and vacant when it caught fire in the afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, fire officials said at the time. The damage to the interior was so extensive that it was not worth repairing, said Nina English, an attorney for the owner, in an appearance before the Historic District Landmarks Commission last Thursday.
“The building is completely destroyed,” English said. “It cannot be repaired.”
Engineering reports accompanying the application also deem the structure a total loss. In applying for the demolition, English said that the building may originally have had some significant architecture, but the alterations over the years — including a concrete wall around the building — have obscured them beyond the point of being worthwhile.
“It’s not just an eyesore, but it’s also very dangerous,” English said, noting the young kids who congregate around it. “There is a major safety concern, and a liability concern.”
The owner, attorney Curt Kronlage, wants to tear them down so he can redevelop the lot not far off St. Charles Avenue at the edge of the Garden District, the Milan and Delachaise areas, and Central City, English said.
“The owner is planning to research the feasibility of condominiums in this area,” English said.
In the application, Kronlage offered to post a $10,000 bond to the HDLC ensuring that construction will begin in a timely fashion. HDLC member Ed de Montluzin suggested that permits for a new project must be in place within 18 months, and construction must start with six months after that to satisfy the bond, and the motion to allow the demolition passed the HDLC unanimously.
Jackson Avenue Filming changed to March 27th
Due to persistent bad weather over the past few weeks, the filming of The Free State of Jones has changed its production dates at 1410 Jackson Avenue to begin on March 27. Production will take place between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. Parking in the area will be restricted for several days prior to that time. Please click the link below for more specific information.
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Garden District neighbors:
If you have not yet renewed your membership in the Garden District Association by paying your 2015 dues, no worries. It’s easy to pay online with the click of your mouse right here.
If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to join our efforts in protecting the neighborhood. Simply visit our website by clicking here for an application or to join online.
The Association has several categories of membership. While all dues are are voluntary and appreciated, the suggested categories are as follows. Remember that membership fees are tax deductible.
- Sponsor Member: $500 per year. For larger homes and /or owners interested in supporting the Association at a higher level.
- Sustaining Member: $250 per year. For single family homes and businesses.
- General Member: $100 per year. For double/duplex (per unit) apartment, condominiums and small businesses.
- Apartment or Condominium Buildings: rate to be determined based on size and number of occupants. Please contact the GDA office at 525-7608.
To find out more about the Association and its activities, please visit our website at gardendistrictassociation.com
Tree Clearance on LA Ave Begins for SELA Project
Garden District Neighbors:
Please see the following press release regarding the removal of trees on the neutral ground on LA Avenue to make way for the SELA drainage project which recently began closer to Claiborne Avenue. This project will begin tomorrow (Wed) and, weather permitting, will occur between St. Charles and Constance by the end of the week. Once the project is completed, new landscaping will be restored in the median.
All questions should be directed to the SELA project, Corp of Engineers Construction Hotline through their Construction Hotline: (504) 585-2450.
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS BUILDING STRONG®
For Immediate Release:
March 6, 2015
Public Affairs: Rene Poche
Corps to begin clearing trees on Louisiana Avenue
Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project (SELA)
NEW ORLEANS -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and its contractor will begin clearing the neutral ground of all trees and shrubs on Louisiana Avenue between South Claiborne and Constance Street as part of the Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project (SELA). Weather permitting, this activity will begin on Wednesday, March 11 and take approximately ten days to complete. Throughout construction, public safety is the Corps’ number one priority.
All tree removal activity associated with this project has been coordinated with the City of New Orleans Parks and Parkways Department and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. A licensed arborist will be on site to oversee the neutral ground work Monday – Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
The $82M drainage contract calls for constructing approximately 7,300 linear feet of concrete covered box culvert under the neutral ground along Louisiana Avenue, tying into existing drainage at South Claiborne Avenue and Constance Street. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2018, after which landscaping will be restored. The Corps will continue to coordinate with the City of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board, as well as interested residents in developing a landscape design.
For more information on the SELA project: