District C Newsletter July 2016
Higgins Gate Cleanup
Blight has been of major concern in Algiers for more than a decade. After Hurricane Katrina, I watched and waited for something to be done. Instead of getting the relief we all wanted and deserved, many of the blighted areas in Algiers became worse. This blight situation is one of the reasons I ran for the office of District C Councilmember. It has been an uphill battle, but with the help of the Administration and the newly elected board of the Algiers Development District (ADD), we have finally reached a resolution to remove the major blight of Higgins Gate. This cleanup is a major step down the road to improving the quality of life in Algiers. I believe that the removal of this eyesore will lead to new interest in the economic development of this area. THE DETAILS ARE:
The City of New Orleans and ADD
have agreed to commit
to this project
This is only the beginning of the good news for Algiers. Please know that I am working daily to make Algiers a safe and prosperous place to live.
Canal Street Sinkhole
I would like to thank the administration, Sewerage and Water Board and Harrah’s for working together to expedite the repair of the Canal Street Sinkhole. I co-authored the ordinance to make emergency repairs. Due to the quick response of the administration, the area where a partial collapse was initially discovered in one of the tunnel walls of the 1966 Rivergate Expressway Tunnel project, was blocked off to traffic, and no one was hurt when the roadway collapsed into the tunnel. The lake-bound lanes of Canal Street were closed on April 15, 2016 and reopened after the completion of all repairs on June 14, 2016. To all parties involved, I’d like to say “Job well done!”
College Track Signing Day
Visiting and supporting “College Track”, a national college recruiting program working with students from underserved communities starting the summer before ninth grade through college graduation. The ten-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships.
The City Planning Commission is gearing up for review of the City’s Master Plan. The deadline for submitting proposed amendments to the Master Plan for consideration by the City Planning Commission is August 31, 2016. Applicants for a map amendment request must conduct a Neighborhood Participation Program meeting in advance of submitting their application. The review and approval process will be from August 1, 2016 to July 16, 2017.
The Plan for the 21st Century, is mandated by the City Charter and is a planning framework tool, taking into account New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental and economic future. This Master Plan reflects the values and priorities that emerged through a community participation process. According to the City Charter, it must include, but is not limited to the following areas of consideration: “Vision, Goals, and Policy; Land Use; Transportation; Housing; Community Facilities and Infrastructure; and Historic Preservation.” It further states as its purpose the “development goals, objectives, and policies for the physical growth and development of the City.” The Master Plan also establishes the future land use plan which determines the type of zoning on individual parcels. It was first adopted in 2010 by a unanimous vote of the City Council and the legislation was signed by Mayor Landrieu. The Master Plan is updated every few years to keep up with the changing needs of the City and its constituents. Community leaders and individual property owners may want to consider reviewing their zoning and future land use designations to make sure the Master Plan aligns with your individual plans and those for the community. For further information, you can visit the City Planning Commission website at http://www.nola.gov/city-planning/mpamendments/
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!
L.B. Landry Cleanup
Fischer Senior Residential Housing Tree Planting
Fischer Senior Citizen Luncheon at Dillard University
Creole Tomato Festival
Single Marines Day of Service
French Quarter Festival
Partnered with Rovert Royal Foundation
On June 10, 2016, True Religion held
the grand opening of a flagship store at 739 Canal Street.
Shopping in New Orleans just got a little better!
Crescent Park Bazar
This outdoor market features
over 30 local artisans, children’s activities, food trucks
and more on the Mandeville Wharf in the newly opened
Crescent Park. The Bazaar is held the third Saturday of
every month from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., with the exception of
a winter and summer break.
Short-term rentals are an issue across the country, and here in
New Orleans, as well. The next public hearing on short-term rentals
is the City Planning Commission meeting on August 9th.
Public Works, Sanitation,
For Earth Day, the City Council’s public works committee heard presentations on concrete, forward-thinking steps New Orleanians can take to become more sustainable, produce less waste, and make the best use of environmental resources.
The topics included:
• The future of electric vehicles in the city
• Innovative ways to reduce food waste, including composting
• Food recovery efforts
To learn more about electric cars and the Clean Fuel Partnership visit:
For more information on composting, visit:
For more information on food waste reduction and food recovery visit:
Youth Services and
GETTING THE FACTS ON OUR YOUTH:
It is my mission to be a part of the solution to the many issues plaguing our youth. Since the start of the Youth Services and Empowerment Special Committee, which I chair, I have embarked upon a fact-finding mission to know the truth about the statistics on issues such as poverty, health and unemployment. I look forward to having presenters with programming that takes into account and provides answers to the problems our young people face in New Orleans.