Recent rain stops work on Lafitte Greenway project

NEW ORLEANS -- The Lafitte Greenway project is nearly complete, but it may not be on schedule.

City officials say the recent severe weather could delay the new bike path from opening on time, especially if we get more rain.

After months of work, The Lafitte Greenway is finally taking shape.

"You can see that much of the trail has been laid, we are thrilled to see trees now in the ground," says Sophie Harris, the Executive Director of Friend of Lafitte Corridor. "It's really starting to look like a green greenway."...

Source: WWLTV.com

Video & Full Article: http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/05/01/recent-rain-stops-work-on-lafitte-greenway-project/26733679/


Art projects added to Lafitte Greenway and trash abatement program underway, councilmembers say

Councilwoman Susan Guidry and Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell updated Mid-City businesses on multiple projects going in the area at the Greater Mid-City Business Association luncheon held on Tuesday, including an art project in the Lafitte Greenway and a trash abatement program initiated by City Council.

Guidry announced that the city has already begun to add amenities to the Lafitte Greenway, the 2.6-mile bike and pedestrian path and park that extends from the French Quarter to Mid-City.

“We collaborated with the Arts Council and have awarded $25,000 for an art project that will go up at the Jeff Davis neutral ground,” Guidry said, adding that a second art project will be on Broad Street.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/04/24/council-members-susan-guidry-and-latoya-cantrell-give-updates-about-mid-city-projects/


Second Line Brewing to Open 12,000 Square Foot Mid-City Brewhouse This Summer

Second Line Brewing is gearing up to begin brewing craft beer this summer in a 12,000 square foot Mid-City warehouse...

...The brewery, located at 433 N. Bernadotte Street, is owned by Logan, his wife and three friends. Logan said he got lucky with the location after researching areas and deciding on Mid-City. “While we were still in Alaska, I answered an advertisement on Craigslist for a warehouse in Mid-City. The location was great, close to the Lafitte Greenway, Delgado, City Park and rest of Mid-City,” he continued.

Source: Canal Street Beat

Full Article: http://canalstreetbeat.com/second-line-brewing-to-open-12000-square-foot-mid-city-brewhouse-this-summer/


Varisco's 'Turning' Wins First Living With Water Art Pitch

The winner of the first local arts-oriented pitch contest was announced this morning at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. New Orleans native and fine arts photographer Michel Varisco was named winner of the Living With Water Civic Arts Design Pitch for her project Turning.

The $25,000 prize was decided by an audience text-in vote at The Chicory, following commentary from a critical feedback panel consisting of Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Corridor; David Waggonner, principal of Waggonner & Ball Architects; Councilmember Susan Guidry; and Bill Gilchrist, Director of Place-Based Planning for the City of New Orleans.

Source: NolaVie

Full Article: http://nolavie.com/variscos-turning-wins-first-living-with-water-arts-pitch-10847/


Mid-City Security District to provide bicycle patrol for Lafitte Greenway

The Mid City Security District will buy a bicycle for the patrol of the Lafitte Greenway Corridor, according to officials.

Jim Olsen, MCSD chairman, said officials have been meeting to discuss supplying security cameras and at least one bicycle which is expected to cost $1,200.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/03/23/mid-city-security-district-to-provide-bicycle-patrol-for-lafitte-greenway/


All Things Local: Parks and Greenspace

This week on All Things Local: Parks and Greenspace in the Crescent City with guests Scott Howard, NOLA Parks for All, Kurt Weigle, Downtown Development District, and Sophie Harris, Friends of Lafitte Corridor.

Source: All Things Local, WGSO 990AM

Full Audio: http://wgso.com/all-things-local-mar-21-2015/


Barn dance, dog park anniversary, wellness programs set in New Orleans

Make way for Greenway:

As the Lafitte Corridor nears the 90 percent completion mark, there are opportunities to help keep the biking and walking path from Treme to City Park clean and safe, according to Sophie Harris, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Corridor.

Harris said FOLC and the NOLA Trash Mob welcome more volunteers for Lafitte Corridor neighborhood cleanup day April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers will me at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte St.  For information email info@FOLC-nola.org or call 504.462.0645

Source: NOLA.com

Plans for new brewery near Lafitte Corridor in “very early stages”

An old warehouse located at 2606 St. Louis Street near the corner of North Dorgenois Street may soon become Urban South Brewery, a beer hall and restaurant.

The building, located near the Lafitte Greenway Corridor, is currently under construction, according to Ramsey Green, partner of Green Coast Enterprises – GCE Green Development, LLC and former Deputy Superintendent for Operations of the Recovery School District.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Lafitte Greenway fuels Mid-City real estate interest

Developers are proposing an assortment of residential and commercial projects between Orleans Avenue and Bienville Street, while a vacant big box store on North Carrollton Avenue is being primed for new retail options.

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

Former Home Depot could become CVS-anchored strip mall

The site of the former Home Depot on Carrollton Avenue may soon become a new strip mall anchored by a 13,600-square foot CVS pharmacy.

Renderings provided to the City of New Orleans show a development with ten possible retail buildings and a parking lot to go along with it. The current existing parcel would be demolished, if approved by the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee.

Source: Mid-City Messenger