April 30, 2021
As an agent for the City of New Orleans, we are contacting you regarding the proposed
construction of the Orleans Justice Center Medical Services Building. The site for this project
is located at 2900 Perdido Street, bounded by the Pontchartrain Expressway and in the
section between S. Dupre and S. Gayoso Streets. The proposed building is a new 2-story,
80,500 square foot facility housing male and female acute mental health housing units,
medical clinic, infirmary, laundry, administration, and visitation components. Construction is
anticipated to begin January 2022 and be completed in August 2023.
Per the requirements of Sections 4.3G and 16.2 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, we
are applying for an amendment to an existing conditional use ordinance. This would authorize
the expansion of the prison (Orleans Justice Center) in an LI Light Industrial District.
Additionally, we are applying for a variance to exceed the set back of 20 feet that is required
by Section 16.3.A.2 of the zoning ordinance. Due to existing conditions on the site, the
proposed building is set back at least 55 feet from the front property line to avoid piping lines
supplying the existing adjacent buildings.
As a nearby neighbor or stakeholder in the neighborhood, we are inviting you to join the
upcoming community meeting to learn more about what we are proposing and offer your
questions, comments, and concerns. Our application has to be heard by the City Planning
Commission and the City Council, and we are required to do this before we submit our
application. Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to set up an in-person
Neighborhood Participation meeting but will post an informational presentation online at
www.youtube.com/gracehebertcurtisarchitects that will be available from Friday, April 30 –
Thursday, June 17, 2021 where you can learn more about the project. We will host a virtual
presentation on Thursday, May 20 and Thursday, June 17, 2021. The presentations will
begin at 6:00 pm. We invite you to join the meeting and share your comments and concerns
by using the link or call-in information below.
Join from the meeting link:
Join by meeting number:
Meeting number (access code): 187 330 2930
Meeting password: 1234
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Join from a video system or application
You can also dial 188.8.131.52 and enter your meeting number.
Join using Microsoft Lync or Microsoft Skype for Business
All correspondence received will be included in the conditional use application.
This letter is being delivered through U.S. Mail. If you would like to receive updates, if there
are any changes to the plans, and/or if you would like the meeting invitation sent via email
please reach out to us at OJCMedicalServices2900@gmail.com.
Grace Hebert Curtis Architects