Lakewood Development Meeting – Nov. 30, 2022

My company, Stoa Group, is purchasing a piece of land on General De Gaulle Drive in front of the Lakewood Golf Course. We’re planning on developing a new mixed-use complex with multi-family residential and retail uses. This would be a high-end residential development with opportunity to bring great retail options for the area. The leasing office will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 AM – 6 PM, 10 AM- 6 PM on Wednesdays, and 1 PM to 2 PM Sunday.

The site is located in a C-1 Commercial District, where retail is allowed, but multi-family is not according to Article 15, Section 1.A (Table 15-1) of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. Therefore, we are applying for a zoning change to a SMU, Suburban Mixed-Use District in order to include both multi-family and retail together. The site will include three-story residential structure with a combined square footage of approximately 490,000 square feet and approximately 273,000 square feet for retail along the street. On-street and surface lot parking will be provided, and no variance or waivers are required.

I wanted to reach out to you directly and let you know we’re holding a meeting where you and neighbors in the area can learn more about what we propose, and present questions or 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 to the City Planning Commission.

The meeting will take place: Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, at 5:00 PM at the Lakewood Golf Course Clubhouse located at 4801 General De Gaulle Dr.

If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 504-655-7114 or astuart@stoagroup.com. I’ve cc’d our Director of Development, Prescott Bailey. He will be reaching out to you as well.

Thank you.

SOUL Reforestation Master Plan Meeting – Nov. 21, 2022

I hope you’re well. I’m writing to invite you to a meeting on Monday at 11am at the Federal City/Algiers Development District Auditorium at 2485 Guadalcanal St inside Federal City to discuss the Reforestation Master Plan that SOUL has created for Orleans Parish. This document lays out a vision for how to replant the tree canopy that our city has lost. There is an opportunity to include the Whitney community in the plan regarding a planting strategy, and I would like to tell you more about this, get your feedback, and answer any questions that you may have.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, I’m happy to speak with you one-on-one and/or host another meeting. Please feel free to share this invite with anyone you know who may be interested in learning more.

Kind regards,
Susannah–

Susannah Burley
Executive Director
Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL)
504 616 6888
sburley@soulnola.org

Halloween Fun at Holy Name of Mary Church

What’s New in Old Algiers, October 28th
Halloween Fun Planned for October, 31st

It seems that Halloween has begun to rival Mardi Gras and Christmas for the all-out outdoor decoration award in the Old Algiers community. Some are scary, and others are scary-funny, but they all make the point that exterior decorating for any holiday has become more creative in recent years.As in years past, there will be lots of little ones out and about in costumes designed to showcase their ambitions (astronaut or doctor), their superheroes (Wonder Woman or Black Panther), or their favorite animated character (Shrek or Minnie Mouse), and everything else under the sun (moon?).  In any case, the costumes show off their own – and their parents’ – imaginations.There are always hundreds of trick-or-treaters in Old Algiers. Most residents sit on porches or stoops these days instead of waiting for the doorbell to ring, which is safer for kids and easier for adults.

Speaking of safety, Holy Name of Mary Church is inviting area residents who believe there is safety – and fun – in numbers to join them in a trick-or-treat candy giveaway on Halloween night. The group will gather between 5:30 and 6 p.m. at the rectory at the corner of Olivier and Eliza Streets and pass out treats. Refreshments will be available. Anyone – not just church members – who want to join. Anyone who wants to join should bring a chair and a bag of candy to hand out. For more information, contact Fr. Gene Jacques at 362-5511 or 504-812-8151.

It’s always fun to see the children and their anticipation for yet another piece of candy. It’s not as much fun for the parents who have to ration the “booty” afterward or suffer through sugar-high kids at bedtime!

Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween!