Mid-City Housing Fair and Tour

Mid City Housing Fair May 18 noon-5pm
Map of stops available at the three major tour stops and HERE
(A printable map with all stops on one page will be posted Sunday morning and copies will be available at all major tour stops.)
This Sunday, Mid City will open its houses and its hearts to welcome New Orleans residents and visitors who wish to see the progress in Mid City and learn about its attractive housing and renovation opportunities. At all three major stops, visitors can obtain a copy of the map, as well as information about the benefits of renovating an historic home and flyers listing housing and renovation-related vendors and homes for sale in Mid City (not offering Open Houses).
Doggy Dog World Dog Daycare will give half-off daycare that day to anyone presenting a copy of the map. Ruby Slipper and Bayou Coffeehouse (both listed on the map) are offering food and drink specials.
Major tour stops are:
636 S. Alexander Street
326 N. Jeff Davis Pkwy (Bayou Coffeehouse)
3438 Cleveland Street
Press release follows.

Mid-City Housing Fair and Tour to Highlight Renovate Homes and Home-Related Services;
Offer Visitor Specials; Honor Helen Hill

New Orleans, LA, May 8, 2008 On Sunday, May 18 from Noon 5:00pm, New Orleanians and visitors are invited to Mid-City for the Historic Mid-City Neighborhood Housing Fair & Tour. The event will feature open houses of both renovated and unrenovated homes, special offers and displays from home-related professionals and companies, and a display by the Preservation Resource Center. Local restaurants and beverage outlets will offer specials before, during, and after the tour.
All tour participants will be highlighted on a map, available at mcno.org beginning May 16 as well as during the tour at these highlighted stops along the route:
A Tribute to Helen Hill 3438 Cleveland Street: Local renovation specialist Eric Weishaupt has purchased and will be renovating the former Mid-City residence of filmmaker Helen Hill, who was murdered in January 2007. As a tribute to her love for historic homes and New Orleans, he has agreed to open it for viewing in its pre-renovation state so that others who are considering renovating a home can see a blank canvas. The Preservation Resource Center will have a display there, with information and experts to provide information on the opportunities and rewards of restoring an historic property.
Housing Mini Fair #1 636 S. Alexander Street: The Domain Companies will sponsor a Housing Mini-Fair at the location of three historic homes the company has renovated. The Mini-Fair will feature displays and information from housing and renovation professionals and contractors, plus complimentary food and beverages and a raffle for door prizes. The New Orleans Food and Farm Network will also have a display giving away free seeds and information.
Breakfast on the Bayou and Housing Mini Fair #2 326 N. Jeff Davis Pkwy: Bayou Coffeehouse & Café will offer a breakfast special until 2:00 pm for those who wishing a leisurely meal before beginning the tour. During the tour, Bayou Coffeehouse will host local renovation companies and home ownership specialists. A highlight of this stop is Build Now, a non-profit organization that builds energy efficient, solidly constructed, homes with New Orleans’ style architecture at below-market prices.
Open Houses; Open Hearts Various Locations: Area realtors will present Open Houses throughout the area. Homes chosen for the tour, representing the full diversity of prices and styles in Mid-City, are 134 S. Hennessey Street, 413 S. Telemachus Street, 3009 Toulouse Street, 4241-43 Tulane Avenue, 625 and 630 S. Alexander Street, and 28 Allard Blvd. There are also several condominiums on the tour.
Doggy Dog World Dog Day Care 4145 Canal Street is offering 50% off doggie daycare to anyone that day who wants to drop off their pet while they tour and then perhaps have some dog time at nearby City Park afterward. They need to bring a map of the tour with them when they pick up their dog to get the discount.
About Mid City Neighborhood: The Mid City Neighborhood has been recognized as one of the most historically and architecturally intact and diverse neighborhoods in the entire U.S. Mid City is also one of the city’s most affordable neighborhoods, yet offers some of its greatest charms. It is bisected by the Canal Street Streetcar and is home such New Orleans icons such as Rock ‘n Bowl, Angelo Brocato’s, Mandina’s, Liuzza’s, and Endymion.
The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization is a civic group active in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. The organization’s main goal is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Mid-City neighborhood. In pursuit of this goal, MCNO has been an active voice in the rebuilding of the Mid-City neighborhood following the levee failures that flooded the area in August 2005.
P.O. Box 791023 New Orleans, LA 70179 (504) 486-MCNO
Contact: Jennifer Farwell
Photography is available

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