Please find below MCNO’s positions on Mid-City properties before NCDC on today’s agenda. MCNO Secretary Lili LeGardeur will attend the hearing to represent MCNO.
New Business – Applications (APP)
b) 134-36 S JEFFERSON DAVIS PKWY – NO POSITION
MCNO defers to the will of the committee. The property owner has refused to sign a redvelopment compact with MCNO, so we cannot support the demo. However, it is a clear hazard and the neighbors want it gone. We ask the NCDC to query the property owner about her redevelopment plans (if any) and incorporate them into the record. Also, to note the city’s legal requirements for maintaining vacant lots as a stated proviso of the demolition, so the city can take action quickly to seize and sell this parcel if she continues with her negligent behavior.
VII. New Business – Strategic Demolition (Office of Code Enforcement) (SD)
h) 3017-19 IBERVILLE ST – SUPPORT
This property is in deplorable condition and is the last blighted structure on the block. It is right behind a Warran Easton and attracts kids. The walls are bowing out and it presents a clear hazard to the neighborhood. We regretfully support the demo and hope the city tears it down quickly. We will support that effort with the SHPO.
We tried to work with the owners two years ago to have it donated to the PRC or another non-profit, when it could still have been saved and rehabilitated. The property owners showed no interest in doing any legwork, believing they would be able to reap profit from it as a vacant lot. They will now have their wish.
VIII. New Business – FEMA-Sponsored (Office of Code Enforcement) (FEMA)
b) 4324-26 BAUDIN ST – DEFER TWO WEEKS
This property is owned by the Domain Companies. It has been a thorn in the side of the neighboring property owner since Katrina. However, tearing it down would result in her home being marooned with a sea of vacant property around her.
We are reaching out to Domain to determine their redevelopment plans, if any, and would like a deferral to ensure they will not use it for something that will further erode the neighbor’s quality of life.
d) 3009 BIENVILLE AVE – NO POSITION
This building is unsecured and badly deteriorated and poses a danger to near neighbors, who wish to see it demolished. Its proximity to Warren Easton High School is also cause for concern. We urge NCDC to press the owner for redevelopment plans and incorporate them into the record, but we do not oppose demolition.
h) 2748-50 CONTI ST – DEFER TWO WEEKS
This property is zoned Light Industrial, which means it is now being treated as commercial with the new Lafitte IZD. Neighbors in this area have expressed serious concern about the possibility of substantial commercial redevelopment along this corridor where they were early investors and expect residential quality of life. We ask for a two-week deferral to meet with them and get their feedback. (We have no MCNO volunteer coverage in this area, so were unable to staff the effort before today.)
aa) 425 S WHITE ST – OPPOSE
This home is in pristine shape for rehab. Sound as a rock with no justification for being torn down. It appears to be historic so we will advocate strongly for sheriff’s sale.