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Uptown Firehouse Could Be Coffee Shop, Apartments

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An abandoned Uptown firehouse could be home to a coffeehouse and three apartments, but wait, that's not even the best part. Because there's nothing quite like a little neighborhood opposition, check out what one neighbor told The Advocate: "This is a nice quiet neighborhood. We don't need people walking up and down the street all day and all night, throwing trash on the ground that my wife has to pick up. And I'll tell you what. The first time I come home with my 92-year-old father-in-law and I can't park in front of my house, there's going to be a problem." Look out! Anyway, the 1910 firehouse, which was a community center up until Hurricane Katrina, sold at a city surplus property auction for $280K. As long as the zoning lords okay everything (and that neighbor calms down about his wife picking up trash), the coffee shop will take over the ground floor with two apartments above it. There will also be an efficiency apartment in the rear building, which was once stables. Fun fact: the new owners, John and Sylvi Beaumont, are no strangers to renovations. Their home was once the Tulane frat house of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
· New owners want to convert old Uptown firehouse into coffee shop, apartments [The Advocate]