News & Highlights

Armed Robbery At McDonalds on St. Charles


At 2245 hrs. on 8-27-15, a black male in his early 20’s wearing a blue shirt, jeans, and a blue hat pulled a gun on an employee of the McDonalds at 3321 St. Charles, and her friend as they sat in the parking lot of the business talking. Items taken were a debit card and ID belonging to the employee’s friend. The suspect fled on foot towards Carondelet but despite a search of the area by NOPD and NOPP.  The investigation continues.

Low Water Pressure Expected near La Ave and Magazine


Dear Garden District Neighbors:

Sewage and Water Board has released a notice regarding expected low water pressure  today and tomorrow in the Louisiana Avenue and Magazine Street area.  Please see the link below for more information.

Low Water Pressure- Louisiana and Magazine 8-27-15

Last Chance


On Sunday, September 13,  the Garden District Association will host it’s annual Fall Affair.  Neighbors and guests are invited to join in. This fundraiser at Commander’s Palace is always such a treat to mix and mingle with good friends and new neighbors and, of course,  enjoy great food!   

This is the last chance to  join us as a Benefactor  and have your name listed on the invitation.  (Deadline Monday, August 3).  All Benefactors are invited to attend the pre-party in the courtyard at Commander’s.  The event will begin at 6p.m. 

If you have not already sent in your reservation and 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

How to Check Your Assessment Online


Dear GDA Residents:

As a followup to yesterday’s notice re Assessor’s Rolls Opening Today, several residents have asked how to check their assessments online.   Simply go to the assessors website> search records.   Note that numbered streets will be listed in numerical fashion, i.e. “Third” should be listed as “3rd”.


Assessor: Rolls Open From Wednesday, July 15 to Monday, August 17

Fourth Location to Open in N.O. East; Online Appeals to be Accepted Wednesday, July 22 – Thursday, August 20
New Orleans property owners who wish to discuss the taxable assessment on their property with the Assessor’s Office may do so during the Open Rolls period, said Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams. The tax rolls will be open weekdays beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2015, to Monday, August 17, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Property owners may visit any of the Office’s four locations:
City Hall
1300 Perdido Street
4th Floor
Algiers Courthouse
225 Morgan Street
1st Floor
 Lakeview Christian Center,
 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive
2nd Floor
(July 15 –Aug. 17 ONLY)
New Orleans East Satellite
5555 Bullard Avenue
Suite 103
(July 15 –Aug. 17 ONLY)
Visiting with the Assessor’s Office at one of the locations above is regarded as an “Informal Appeal.” Property owners may bypass this step and file a “Formal Appeal” with the Orleans Parish Board of Review by filing online at
To file online at, on the Home Page click the E-File link in the left column then click Appeal of Taxable Valuation .  This link will be operational from Wednesday, July 22 through 4 p.m. August 20.
  “You do not dispute the property assessment because you think your taxes are too high. That is a discussion to take up with the taxing authorities,” said Assessor Williams. “You should see me because you think the value placed on your property is inaccurate due to estimations on its size, comparable sales or market values.”
To contest an assessment value, individuals are advised to have an assessment letter and any additional documentation to support their claim, such as a recent appraisal, a builder’s contract, photos or insurance coverage of the property, said Assessor Williams.
No appointment is necessary; individuals will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis at all locations.

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