Neighborhood news/issues

April 18, 2024

533 Toulouse Street—Vieux Carré
The City Council granted an exception to the prohibition on parklets—a temporary use in the CZO—to Andrew Wilson of Cuban Creations. Although the N.O. Advocate headlines Cuban Creations as the “last remaining cigar bar” in the FQ, Wilson is also co-owner of the Bombay Club, where patrons may smoke cigars on the patio. Freddie King, III, made the motion, which passed 5–0. Lesli Harris recused herself from the vote; and Oliver Thomas was absent from the dais at the time.

See our social media post about the parklet exemption.
Video from VCPORA: French Quarter: No Cigar Bar Parklet Should Be Allowed
TP/NOA article of April 16: “French Quarter’s last remaining cigar bar faces backlash as it seeks to keep ‘parklet’


April 4, 2024

Melpomene Street—Lower Garden District

[to come]


February 7, 2024

2502 Jefferson Ave.—Uptown Historic District
The N.O. HDLC denied the application of Blue Orleans, LLC, for the full demolition to grade of the single-family contributing-rated house at 2502 Jefferson in agreement with the HDLC Staff Report.

See our social media post about 2502 Jefferson (Feb. 13, 2024).


February 1, 2024

5512-24 Tchoupitoulas St.—Uptown Historic District
CM Joe Giarrusso approved the demolition of three 19th-century houses at 5512-24 Tchoupitoulas over the objections of preservationists, who cited years of neglect by owners Kevin Hilbert, Andrew Stall, and Jonathan Drennan, dba Car Wash Blues, LLC. A team of five consultants showed up at the hearing—but not the owners.

New Orleans car wash owners can knock down three Tchoupitoulas Street homes Uptown, council says,” by Sophie Kasakove, Times-Picayune/N.O. Advocate, Feb. 2, 2024.
Car wash owners seek demolition of Tchoupitoulas cottages,” by Stephanie Bruno and Katherine Hart, Uptown Messenger, Jan. 30, 2024.