News & Highlights

Fall Affair Coming Soon


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!   

All Benefactors are invited to attend the pre-party in the courtyard at Commander’s.  The event will begin at 6p.m. Supported will join them for cocktails in the patio at 7:00.  Dinner will be served at 7:30. 

Simply click here to purchase tickets online.  

Hope to see you in the crowd! 

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

Filming On Wed at Lafayette Cemetery #1


Dear Neighbors and Business Owners,

This letter is to inform you that on Wednesday 9/2/15, we will be filming scenes in Lafayette Cemetery #1 and at Verret’s Lounge from approximately 1:00pm to 7:00pm. We are a very small production crew – we plan to have a very minimal impact in your area.

In order to facilitate filming, we will need to reserve parking for our production vehicles beginning 1:00pm until 7:00pm Wednesday 9/2/15. The streets affected include:

  • 2800 Block of Prytania St. (RIVERSIDE ONLY)
  • 2800 Block of Baronne St. (RIVERSIDE ONLY)

Please note that vehicles left on these streets after 1:00pm on Wednesday 9/2/15 may be relocated to a block nearby. “No parking” signs will be removed once filming has completed.

We will be filming a music video. We have to clear the vehicles on the streets for continuity purposes as well as camera and lighting placement. I understand this may affect a lot of people and I will definitely work will anyone affected.  Please feel free to call us, Valerie or Jimi, anytime.

We are aware of the inconvenience caused by our activity and apologize in advance. Rest assured that we will do everything possible to minimize the impact of our activities on your neighborhood. If you have particular concerns (scheduled deliveries, construction, accessibility needs, etc.) that must be addressed, please call the Locations Department at (504) 339-1820. We will do everything possible to find a mutually agreeable solution.

Your cooperation and contribution will help to make this location shoot a success. We appreciate your support in the city’s efforts to support filmmaking in and around New Orleans.

We are working in full cooperation with Film New Orleans within the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and Jennifer Kessler may be contacted to verify our credentials at 504-658-0923. We are also working with all necessary city departments and New Orleans Sheriff’s Office.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Jimi Woods                                                         Valerie Ryan
(512) 788-2521                                                (504) 339-1820

504.658.0923 (O) 504.329.0665 (C) 504.658.4238 (F)

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

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.).

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