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Famous Mid-City po’ boy hub asks for expansion

Mid City’s iconic po’ boy restaurant, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, is submitting a proposal to expand its Hagan Avenue property to City Council this Thursday.

Tulane Avenue landscape developments delayed

Tulane Avenue Streetscape development has been pushed back, again. This past August, Tulane Avenue was expected to undergo the landscape development, adding trees and shrubbery to beautify the street.

Gallier Hall is about to get a $5 million makeover

The Greek Revival building Gallier Hall, which overlooks Lafayette Square and is the spot for much of the pomp and circumstance New Orleans Carnival, is undergoing a $5 million renovation. This includes restoring art, furniture, and other objects.

Work continues on Cambria Suites, Ochsner expansion

Canal Street Beat dropped by the construction sites of two major projects in two parts of town, and reports that construction is progressing. Photos show construction underway at the Warehouse District hotel site and the Jefferson hospital expansion.

Work may be resuming on stalled Tracage apartments

It looks like one of the members of New Orleans’ Stalled Development Hall of Fame, the super-delayed Tracage luxury apartments, might be back on track. Canal Street Beat noticed the developer recently made some moves on the luxury apartment project.

WWII Museum progresses $370 million expansion

The National World War II Museum is making progress in its $370 million capital expansion project. The current plans will increase the space by four times the original facility. The expansion is part of the museum’s Road to Victory campaign.

Ground breaks on Uptown JCC expansion this month

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center’s plans to expand got the City Planning Commission’s OK back in July, and reports that construction will start at the Uptown facility this month. The expansion has architects Mathes Brierre on the job.

Deep South Studios scores additional tax credits reports the planned Deep South Studios film production campus in Algiers successfully lobbied for additional $1 million in incentives from the New Orleans Industrial Development Board this week. The project got City Council's OK in December.

It'll be $10 million to clean out Charity Hospital

Last time we heard about the future of Charity Hospital, which has sat abandoned since Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago, the state was starting from scratch in the redevelopment process and hiring a consultant to help dictate plans for the hospital.

Ground breaks on Tulane business school expansion reports Tulane University today broke ground on the modern-minded expansion of its A.B. Freeman School of Business. International architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, which has done other projects in New Orleans, is behind the expansion.

An Uptown intersection is closing for five months

After the never-ending SELA drainage project rendered Jefferson Avenue in Uptown virtually impassable, the SW&B says the street will be closed at its Freret Street intersection for five months because of that same project. Closure starts Thursday.

The New Orleans Dave & Buster’s is taking shape

We know you’re all thrilled for the massive Dave & Buster’s coming to Poydras Street, the first Louisiana outpost of the arcade bar chain. The mixed-use development housing the chain seems to be coming along; Canal Street Beat has construction photos.

Our Lady of Good Counsel's renovation is underway

Last fall a group of local developers revealed their plans to convert the old Our Lady of Good Counsel School in the Garden District into apartments. According to CityBusiness, the renovation is scheduled to be complete by December of this year.

New Armstrong Airport terminal is taking shape reports there are some visible signs of progress of the new terminal at Louis Armstrong Airport, scheduled to open in October 2018. The article says the project is on schedule and starting to take shape. The airport will also build a hotel.

Most of New Orleans' streets are in bad shape

In news that should come as little surprise to anyone, The Advocate reports that a new study says 65 percent of New Orleans’ roads are in "poor" or worse condition. The study evaluated every block of every street in the city over the past two years.

Work begins on new South Market District condos

Construction on the Morris Adjmi-designed condominium development coming to the South Market District has begun, according to a press release from the Domain Companies. The Standard is the fourth building at the growing South Market District. Read on.

New streetcar line won't sacrifice bus routes

The new streetcar line along N. Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue, an extension of the line further upriver on N. Rampart, should be ready for riders the first week of October. reports the RTA has no plans of sacrificing bus routes for it.

Oretha Castle Haley streetscape project begins

Today the city is breaking ground on a $1.85 million Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard streetscape project, according to a press release from the mayor’s office. The project aims to make the Central City thoroughfare more pedestrian and bike-friendly.

Six-story apartment building planned for the CBD

Developer Scott Begg and his company Trinion Properties announced in 2014 they were planning to demolish a two-story warehouse in the CBD to make room for an apartment building. The project has new renderings available, reports Canal Street Beat.

Tulane Avenue's Capri Motel is being demolished

The demolition of the Capri Motel, the seedy midcentury spot on Tulane Avenue, has begun. The owners are planning to build "slick" apartments at the site. Mid-City Messenger has photos of the demolition, so head over there if you want to take a look.

City Planning Commission OKs WWII Museum plans

Other things happened at yesterday’s City Planning Commission meeting besides the epic short-term rentals show-down. The CPC also voted to recommend approval for changes to the National World War II Museum’s latest expansion plans, says the Advocate.

Grant will speed up 1-10 ramp to new MSY terminal

A new I-10 ramp going to and from the new terminal at Armstrong International Airport will be complete sooner than expected thanks to some new funding, The Advocate reports. The state recently received a $60 million federal transportation grant.

National World War II Museum can't stop expanding

Canal Street Beat caught wind of some more changes coming from the National World War II Museum, which recently broke ground on the striking Canopy of Peace. The museum is adding a new building on Magazine Street, restoring an 1845 home, plus more.

Vieux Carre Commission approves $7M Margaritaville

Parrotheads, rejoice: CityBusiness reports the $7 million Margaritaville restaurant, whose original Storyville Music Hall location closed last summer, got conceptual approval from the Vieux Carre Commission this week. Read on for the rendering.

Sidney Torres is in trouble in the French Quarter

Mr. French Quarter himself, Sidney Torres, might be in a little trouble with the Vieux Carre Commission, according to The Advocate. The group is accusing Torres of making major alterations to two historic buildings he owns near Esplanade Avenue.

Tulane Avenue Pepsi-Cola warehouse won’t come down

After encountering resistance from a neighborhood group, Mid-City Messenger reports the owners of the old Pepsi-Cola warehouse on Tulane Avenue have withdrawn their request to demolish the building. They faced push-back from a neighborhood group.

Development planned for collapsed building site

The site of a collapsed French Quarter building is coming back to commerce, according to CityBusiness. This week the property received conceptual approval from the Vieux Carre Commission Architectural Review Committee. Construction starts this year.

Man takes a dip in Broadmoore sinkhole

Here’s one way to deal with New Orleans’ crushing summer heat and poor infrastructure. A Broadmoor man decided to take a dip in his street’s sinkhole, as captured in a WDSU video. He even pulled out one of those trendy giant swan pool toys.

Tulane Avenue improvements coming in August

The first phase of Tulane Avenue improvements that have been in the works since 2011 is slated to be done by the end of August, but Mid-City Messenger reports the finished project will be without some of the aspects originally included in the plan.

Old Maison Blanche annex conversion underway

The conversion of the old Maison Blanche annex building at 939 Iberville St. in the French Quarter is underway, according to Canal Street Beat. The French Quarter Residencies will include 87 market-rate one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

'Slick' apartments will go up at Capri Motel site

The Advocate reports that owner Kevin Frischhertz started razing the Capri Hotel last week and, as previously reported, a "slick" 200-unit apartment building will go up in its place. Plus, there are other Tulane Avenue motel conversions in the works.

Redevelopment slated for NOPD stables, eight-plex

The long-vacant former NOPD horse stables in Bywater and an old eight-unit apartment building in Marigny are being redeveloped right now. The owners are preparing to lease the stables to a retail tenant, and converting the eight-plex into condos.

Plans to demo old Pepsi plant met with resistence

The same developers that recently bought the old Dixie Brewing warehouse on Tulane Avenue is hoping to demolish an old Pepsi-Cola plant on the same street. Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee staff wants to preserve the building.

Louisiana’s solar energy tax credits are no more

Louisiana residents who plan to purchase solar panels anytime soon: You’re not getting any tax credits for that. reports that the state credits that have helped make solar panels more affordable are no longer available. Read on for more.

Possible human jaw bone found at construction site

You can find plenty of weird stuff when digging up a lot, but this sure is creepy: Uptown Messenger reports that a construction worker discovered what might be a human jaw bone at a construction site in Carrollton. The object is being investigated.

Construction finally begins on 1031 Canal Street

Construction has finally begun on the long-stalled hi-rise at the corner of Canal and N. Rampart Streets, which now includes plans for a hotel. Initially planned as an apartment building with retail, the development now includes plans for a hotel.

St. Charles Avenue Moxy Hotel gets demo clearance

City Council finally approved the hotel in March, and this week the council paved the way for construction to start. Yesterday, City Council voted to override the denial of a demolition permit by the CBD Historic District Landmarks Commission.

The Uptown JCC is slated for expansion

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center Uptown plans to expand, adding a new building and reconfiguring its swimming area. The expansion got the OK from the City Planning Commission at its meeting this week. Mathes Brierre Architects on the project.

Palmisano Group seeks tax break for $10M HQ

The Eskew+Dumez+Ripple-designed mixed-use building planned for Tchoupitoulas Street near the river? It’s going to be headquarters for contractors Palmisano Group, and they’re seeking a tax break for the $10 million project. Read on about the plans.