Louisiana Covid-19 Resources

Food Insecurity

  • Giving Hope, Inc., for up-to-date information, please visit our Facebook  page. The Food Pantry will be serving groceries to their clients and new clients through a drive through system Tuesday – Friday noon – 5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm. Address: 13040 I10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA
  • Nola Tree Project Meal Distribution Starting March 17th, from 3-5pm, going from Monday to Friday, NOLA Tree Project will be distributing free hot meals from Second Harvest. 
    • Meal Pick Up Location:  Nola Tree Project Headquarters – 1509 Filmore Ave, New Orleans.   
    • If you are an elderly resident or homebound and in need delivery, please contact Connie Udo at connie@nolatreeproject.org.
  • Gladewaves https://www.gladewaves.org/ 

Get Weekly Meal Assistance – Crescent City
“In conjunction with the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office, Gate Group, a manufacturer of hot, cold, and ambient shelf-stable foods for the airline industry, will be providing free weekly meals for those impacted by COVID-19 related food security issues. Please complete this form to be added to the list if you are in need of assistance. This effort is being organized by Sarah Manowitz of Oz New Orleans and Reed Wendorf of Ambush Magazine.”

Big Red Box Food Pantry Locations

  • The Church of Annunciation- 4505 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • St Rita Catholic Church- 2729 Lowerline St, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church- 3643 Aurora Dr, New Orleans, LA 70131
  • Second District Police Station-  3401 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • Kids of Excellence- 3301 Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126
  • Trinity Community Center- 3908 Joliet St, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor- 2320 Paris Rd, Chalmette, LA 70043
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church- 3245 Manhattan Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058
  • NOLAREADYhttps://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/resources/
  • Meals for children who are out of school during this time, please click here for a list of schools around the state that are offering breakfast and lunch pickup while the schools are closed.
  • NOLA Community Feeding Stations for youth under 18 enrolled in a public school https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip Street, NOLA 70116
    • Breakfast and Lunch – Grab & Go meals – meals will be served curbside
    • March 17 – April 13, Monday – Friday from 10am – Noon
    • Please come to the outside of the school cafeteria
    • Available to all children 18 and under
    • All children must be present to pickup. No ID required.
  • Victory Fellowship 5708 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 8 PM
    • Drive through
    • 1 bag of groceries per family
    • No ID required
  • Total Community Action Food Pantry 4518 Thalia St. 

Offering supplemental food assistance to families on a daily basis from 8am-5pm beginning Tuesday, 3/17/2020

  • Top Box Foods
    • Since many community members are avoiding stores and markets, Top Box Foods can serve as a resource through affordable grocery service. Service is open to everyone, and they accept EBT credit cards, checks, and cash. 
    • Every precaution to ensure food is handled safely, and limit contact with customers during deliveries by accepting pre-payments online or over the phone, and a drive-thru pickup system in which we bring orders to customers’ cars. More information can be found via the following link. https://mailchi.mp/b8f234e3ee0f/order-due-date-extended 

Mental Health/Behavioral Health

Need Volunteers

  • Giving Hope, Inc., need volunteers to help in the Food Pantry. If you or anyone you know is able to help, please contact Lan Hoang at lan@givinghopenola.org
  • COVID19 affects our most vulnerable. Seeking volunteers for food & supply distribution, clinical support, and more. ready.nola.gov/donate
  • Familias Unidas En Accion needs donations to help the immigrant families currently in their care.Below is a list of things they need. (Donation drop off is near the 7th Ward), (504) 444-2890. Asking folks not stay at the door to meet one another to follow social distancing recommendations. 



Cooking oil

Toilet paper

Powdered milk


Household disinfectants

Laundry detergent

Dishwashing soap

Hand sanitizer

Disinfecting wipes


  • Network Volunteers – Our goal is to provide your organization with a sustainable support structure of volunteers and resources. We know our partners are still out here working to empower our communities and want to follow their example by finding new ways to support them in this unique situation.

Informing our volunteer network of 40,000+ volunteers of your needs: 

  • Are you still actively looking for in-person volunteers? 
  • Are there virtual/remote volunteer projects you could use help with? (graphic design, outreach, database management, etc. etc.)
  • Do you have an active fundraising campaign or anything else you would like us to share? 
  • Please let us know of your current needs so we can share them with potential volunteers! 
  • Ensuring we know the best way to reach you and getting your feedback: 
  • Are you the appropriate person to contact regarding volunteer needs moving forward or should we be communicating with someone else? Please let us know your preferred point of contact and communication method and we will update our records accordingly 
  • Would you or someone on your team like to set a meeting in the coming weeks to talk about our larger partnership, future project ideas, and ways we can better work together? Shoot us an email with your availability and we will get something on the calendar
  • Contact Caitlin: (901) 626-5581, caitlin@networknola.orgwww.networknola.org
  • Women With A Vision – If you are in need of services, or if you need resources related to getting or remaining healthy, please call us at (504) 302-8822. If you do not receive an immediate response please leave a message and we will get to you as soon as possible.

Regional Information

NOTE from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (mayorcantrell@nola.gov):  It is VERY important that EVERYONE in the city complete the census https://2020census.gov/ !  This is how the federal government decides funding amounts for public resources!  Complete your census and make sure that everyone is counted!  It is more important than ever!  These will be our VITAL resources (including Medicaid funds).

  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana – https://www.unitedwaysela.org/covid-19-preparedness-tips-and-information with resources in the links
  • Louisiana citizens can dial 2-1-1 or go online https://unitedwayswla.org/211, 24/7 to reach a live 2-1-1 specialist to discuss available help and information for COVID-19. 
  • Citizens can also text the keyword “LACOVID” to 898-211 to have instant access to the most current information available in our state
  • Text COVID19 to 888777 for real time NOLA updates
  • Louisiana Department of Health Keep Calm Through COVID 24/7 Counseling Hotline: 1-866-310-7977
  • Louisiana Department of Health Compulsive Gambling Hotline: 1-877-770-7867
  • Louisiana Department of Health General Information Hotline: 2-1-1
  • Northeast Delta Human Services Authority 24/7 Helpline:  1-800-256-2522
  • NORD – 
    • Summer programs are still on and applications are online at www.nordc.org.  
    • Kids Café opened yesterday and served 200 children.  Will cont. to be open at 11 locations (www.nordc.org) from 4-6pm.  They are prepared to serve more
  • RTA –   
    • Running with essential travel ONLY.  It’s going for now and the city will follow orders as they come from Dr. Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans Health Department Director
    • #1 priority is getting patients to dialysis.  
  • Utilities –   
    • There will be no cutoffs during the crisis, payments are being relaxed.  
    • City is working with providers to increase public wifi and offer more public hotspots.  This will be available for 60 days.  
  • New Orleans Children and Family Services – 
    • City-wide children food sites are listed at www.nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition
    • 43 sites are walkable for residents and caregivers CAN pick up food for their children if children cannot go.  
    • WIC visits have been waived and follow ups are being made by phone.  
  • NOLA-311(Non-emergency services resources), dial 3-1-1
    • Since March of 2012, NOLA-311 has been the go-to non-emergency services resource for the citizens of New Orleans. From streetlight outages to pothole repair to blight control and so much more, New Orleans residents can call 3-1-1 to speak with one of our highly trained NOLA-311 service agents about resolving non-emergency issues, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Callers from outside the City of New Orleans may dial 504-658-2299.)
    • In addition to calling 3-1-1 to submit a non-emergency request, New Orleans citizens may also submit a service request on the NOLA-311 website or reach out to us through the NOLA-311 Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.


DiabetesAssociation of Diabetes Care & Education Specialist 

Other resources

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March Board Meeting and April General Meetings Cancelled

Due to ongoing related to the COVID-19 pandemic both the March 18 2020 board meeting and the April 1st 2020 General meetings were cancelled. In the mean time the board continues to communicate via email and conference calls. Neighbors are encouraged to contact NFB at any time with questions and concerns.

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Support local restaurants! And don’t go hungry!

This is a current list of restaurants in Bywater that are open for pick-up. Some have curbside service; many have delivery available. Call ahead to order and check on days/times/menu listings. Many also sell drinks to go. Note some of these phone numbers for orders are not the regular #. These listings are subject to change, and it’s possible that I’ve missed something. The FMIA (Faubourg Marigny Improvement Assn) has a list of restaurants in Marigny

Galaxie,  827-1443, 3060 St. Claude

Pizza Delicious, 617 Piety, 676-8482, 12% automatic service charge

Frady’s, 3231 Dauphine, 949-9688 (no seating allowed outside)

Suis Generis, 309-7850, 3219 Burgundy

Red’s Chinese, 3048 St. Claude

The Joint, 949-3232, 701 Mazant, $20 minimum

Bywater American Bistro, 2900 Chartres, popups operating inside, not sure of phones

Luna Libre, 3600 St. Claude, 237-1284

Jack Dempsey’s, 738 Poland, 943-9914

Sneaky Pickle, 4017 St. Claude, 218-5651

Junction, 3021 St. Claude, 504-272-0205 (2-7PM)

Bar Redux, 801 Poland, 592-7083

AND, for the canine or feline diner, Bark Market, 3041 N. Rampart, 949-1525 (they, too, deliver and have curbside pick-up; they are listed as an essential business now)

You can order cans and bottles of beer for pickup from Parleaux Beer Lab HERE – They’re open daily from 11-7

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED: The Country Club, Bratz Y’All, Satsuma, Shake Sugary, Bywater Bakery, Bacchanal

If you know one we’re missing please let us know! – info (at) nfbywater.org

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Conference Call with Mayor Cantrell regarding Covid-19

NFB President Julie Jones was one of the Neighborhood Association and Community Leaders that participated in a March 18th conference call with Mayor Cantrell regarding updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. More information, along with some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers can be found HERE.

Stay safe, stay calm, and be good to one another!

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NFB Board Meeting – January 12, 2020

Present: Julie Jones, John Andrews, Anthony Eschmann, Steve Jacobs, Rhonda Findley. Meeting held at Julie’s house.

We did not have a quorum, so simply had a discussion of the following topics:

Food for next general meeting: Steve Jacobs will provide pizza. Utensils and glasses: not clear. Somebody needs to step up.

Topics already decided for next general meeting: Donna Wakeman (Marigny) will discuss how to get the history of your house; a representative from the market at the foot of the Rusty Rainbow will attend; we hope that Captain Young can be there.

We discussed how to get a better turn-out for meetings and talked about flyering areas—especially areas where there is a development proposal that may be contentious.

Rhonda brought up the possibility (considered previously) about finding an intern to help with management and writing a grant to get funding. Steve reminded us that he and Nancy had checked on Tulane some time ago and found that their interns get booked very quickly. We really did not pursue this topic any more.

We spoke briefly about problems related to Studio Be noise complaints. 

We decided to hold the next board meeting on Wed, February 12, same time, since the next normal meeting date would coincide with the Krewe of Nix parade, which is popular. At the next meeting, we particularly want to consider new board members—what kind of person we want, who might be interested—so it will be an important meeting, and, especially with this change of date, we hope that all board members will attend.

The meeting ended at about 8:20. 

Julie Jones, with the help of Steve Jacobs, writing in the absence of our secretary Tyler Harwood.

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The January 2020 General Meeting was a Social!

NFB hosted a winter social at Luna Libre (3600 St. Claude) instead of holding a general meeting January 8th. It was a blast! Lots of great tacos, fun neighbors, and yummy margaritas! Thanks to everyone that attended and helped make it happen.

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Neighbors First for Bywater – Board Meeting – December 18, 2019

Meeting started at 7:08PM. Present: Julie Jones, Michael Owings, Anthony Eschmann, Nancy Thacker, Brian Luckett, Tyler Harwood, Rhonda Findley (after 7:45)

The board was joined by Peter Aamodt from the MCC Group, who plan to develop a hotel at the former Holy Angels Convent (3500 St. Claude Ave.). Brian explained to Mr. Aamodt that NFB did not originally have a position on the plans, but since the City Planning Commission (CPC) report and updated plans have been presented we have new concerns. There are questions about how the CPC addresses parking requirements. The CZO calls for one parking spot per bedroom, but the CPC seems to say it is one per rental, no matter how many bedrooms. This seems problematic given the new model of hotel developers are currently pushing for, where there are more suites than single rooms. This is apparently intended to better compete with STRs run out of area homes. The original idea for Holy Angels included residences and senior housing, now it is a 180 bedroom hotel. The hotel would be run with minimal staff, possibly in partnership with the corporate STR juggernaut Sonder. This model provides few jobs for the neighborhood and seems likely to be more of a venue for partying tourists – a quality of life issue for near neighbors.

Mr. Aamodt responded that parking is based off of the hotel being “92 keys”, but providing that many parking spaces “goes against everything that is Bywater.” Everything is Uber, Lyft, and taxis these days, he said. MCC is satisfied they will have enough parking, and do not want guests taking up parking spots on the street. He mentioned that they “could pave the whole campus but really don’t want to.” The hotel will have a 24 hour front desk and security, and will involve 1-4 bedroom units. Guests can opt in or out of services like housekeeping or room service depending on their budgets. The pool may be open to the public.   

John Andrews is unhappy about the size of the building, and Nancy commented that the size “didn’t seem very Bywater.” The project would require a conditional use because it is well over the 10,000 square foot limit. The new building alone would be 49,000 square feet and the project as a whole 84,000 square feet. Brian lives very close by, and is OK with the design but his main concern at the moment is irregularities in the enforcement of parking requirements. If there needs to be an amendment to the CZO then we would gladly participate in that process, but if the CZO rules are optional or unenforced we have a problem. We have similar issues with the hotel planned for 500 Piety St. Brian has spoken with Councilmember Palmer and asked her to review current regulations, and Mr. Aamodt said he would share any studies they do with us. The project has 17 provisos at this point, and Mr. Aamodt gave a list to Brian. Rhonda suggested (via speakerphone) that the parking arrangement should set a good example, and should MCC need a parking waiver we should work together and keep things transparent, instead of the CPC making mysterious exceptions.

Mr. Aamodt assured us that the building would be good quality, and they’re not going to build anything “cheap”. He also mentioned that Mr. Jaeger (head of MCC) would “not want to embarrass himself” in regards to management. They moved away from the idea of senior housing because Mr. Jaeger became nervous about any potential management or legal issues. They do not have experience with senior Whyhousing but MCC group operates several hotels of many different sizes. Before departing, Mr. Aamodt told us they had brought their newest plans and studies regarding development of the NSA to HUD to discuss funding. HUD told them they wanted to do their own studies, which apparently means a “thirty day delay”. Mr. Aamodt was thanked for coming to meet with us. After he left Brian proposed we have a lawyer investigate how hotel parking is calculated. Nancy seconded. 6 voted for, 1 against. Four other board members will be asked to vote via email. 

Next we discussed the upcoming general meeting. Since the first Wednesday would have fallen on New Years Day the meeting will be pushed to the 8th, and we plan to have a social gathering at Luna Libre, Rhonda’s new cafe. Rhonda will need to pay her staff and we all agreed that NFB could cover the expense. Food will be served in waves. We also discussed issuing drink tickets to guests instead of having an open bar.

Julie then brought up the issue of a lack of enforcement regarding STRs with out of town owners. It is too easy to claim homestead exemption fraudulently, and the assessor seems uninterested in helping. If a neighbor has an issue with an STR tied to an illegitimate homestead exemption, the only option seems to be to hire a private investigator. Why have a law based on a requirement that is so easy to cheat? The idea of having a lawyer look into this issue was suggested, and we agreed it this conversation will be ongoing.

Tyler told the group that he had met with Myra Harris, a near neighbor to Studio Be (2941 Royal St). Myra has had issues with noise from events held at the art gallery since 2016, and has been writing to NFB asking for help. Communicating directly with the owner(s) was apparently ineffective, and she has since directed multiple complaints to various city officials with limited success. Some events apparently were put on without a permit, and nobody seemed to be willing to do anything about it. Noisy generators and HVAC units have been parked directly in front of her home on several occasions, and no efforts are made to clean up graffiti on that side of the building. Over time her emails have become somewhat acrimonious, and it seems no-one is interested in helping at this point. Her frustration is understandable. Other neighbors on the block are either not bothered by the events or are unwilling to complain. A few houses are vacant. The owners are applying to have the business permit designation changed from “Art Gallery” to “Cultural Facility”, which could mean more special events. Some improvements have been made to the space to facilitate this change. It was suggested that Myra assemble evidence that can be brought up when the permit is being reviewed by the city (should this happen), and we could assist.

Anthony then reminded us that we need to fill vacancies in the board, and announced he would be stepping down after the next election. He’s been advocating for our neighborhood since the 70’s! We all agreed the upcoming social would be an excellent opportunity to encourage some members to join the board, and Anthony reminded us the bylaws state candidates must be members for at least three months before the election.

The meeting ended at 8:33 pm.

Submitted by Tyler Harwood, secretary

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Neighbors First for Bywater – General Meeting – December 4, 2019

President Julie Jones called the meeting to order and gave a brief summary of planned speakers for the evening.

Julie then introduced Andrew Palumbo, the new (since August) Assistant Commander of NOPD’s 5th district. He’s been with the NOPD 21 years. Violent crime statistics for the 5th district are down. Aggravated assault is down 21%, Aggravated Battery down 18%, Home Robbery down 43%, Homicide down 57% (may go up due to a recent spike – 7 in the last week), shootings down 7%, simple robberies down 15%. There were 33 homicides last year, and only 19 so far this year. For the entire city auto burglary is up 53%, and there is a 39% increase in shoplifting. Commander Palumbo feels that communication is good between all the officers in the 5th District and they have had more success with solving cases than in the past.

Julie asked about a body that was found recently near Press St and Royal St. Commander Palumbo said it was currently an “unclassified death”, and an investigation is underway. There doesn’t seem to be any foul play but they need to be sure. Another member praised Commander Palumbo and his fellow officers for a notable decrease in drug related crime along St. Claude Ave. The Commander credited some of his fellow officers for their good work and efforts. The Commander then explained some recent changes in specific titles for NOPD officers, and he was thanked and applauded.

Andrew Sullivan from Councilmember Palmer’s office was then brought up to discuss ideas for business development along St. Claude Avenue. Mr. Sullivan said that the staff does not have a complete vision for the corridor yet, but went on to explain how the backyard ordinance and the new ABO ordinance have helped them recognize a need to develop ways to interface with business owners more, and improve communication between businesses and residents. Renovation of the bridge over the Industrial Canal seems inevitable, and will present a significant challenge to businesses in the area, but could also provide an opportunity to get organized. It’s difficult when the staff is relegated to the “peacekeeping” role when it comes to neighborhood issues. All the neighborhood groups and business groups need to be able to come together for coherent and productive conversations about what the future of the area should be.

John Andrews asked if the bridge over the industrial canal couldn’t be restored instead of replaced. Perhaps that wouldn’t take as long, and may even be cheaper. Mr. Sullivan said the port would likely support the idea if it was indeed cheaper or faster. Brian Luckett suggested considering traffic calming and landscaping improvements along the Avenue. Mr. Sullivan explained that St. Claude is a state highway, but there has been a discussion of the city taking it back over, and the state would possibly provide funding for maintenance. This would be an opportunity for improvements. The possible bridge closure would be a good time to pitch the change. Incidentally, he mentioned that the port wants to disentangle the bridge from consideration of the lock. Another member asked if there has been any discussion of stormwater management. It’s difficult for businesses to thrive if they flood. Mr. Sullivan said he was not aware of any plans, but that he would reach out to someone from the Regional Watershed Initiative to be sure the City is connecting with them. Mr. Sullivan was thanked for his time. We are always grateful when he is able to speak with us.

Julie then distributed handouts outlining the multiple real estate developments in Bywater. She then invited Joe Jaeger from MCC Group to give a brief update on the plans for a hotel at Holy Angels and the continuing efforts to redevelop the old NSA property. Mr. Jaeger said MCC is meeting with HUD regarding the NSA, hoping to get their funding approved for the building closest to Poland Ave. If so they could begin construction within a year. They met with a possible tenant for the back building. If they follow through they would have approval for financing, but it “may be too good to be true”. They city still has a full floor reserved for their use, whatever that may be. Mr. Jaeger then mentioned information that he believed was incorrect in the handout regarding the Holy Angels hotel project, specifically parking requirements and language regarding AirBnB and the potential STR business model. Running a hotel more like an STR is more cost effective, he said, and they can reduce their payroll 85% to better compete with existing STRs. Their plan is for a sort of hybrid, where guests can choose whether or not to pay for traditional hotel services like housekeeping and room service.

John Andrews addressed the plans for the hotel at 500 Piety (river side of Chartres, next to “the rusty rainbow”), and issues NFB has with their plan to lease parking from the French Market Corporation instead of providing parking on site. He stressed that leasing by definition is not permanent, so there could be serious issues later if they lose access to the lot. John then explained that when the CZO was rewritten zoning was supposed to have force of law. One of the things we were told is that this would reduce the number of variances and conditional uses developers use to get around the base zoning of properties they plan to develop. According to the CZO there are six requirements developers are required to meet to get a conditional use. The second requirement in the list is that “the proposed use is consistent with the general purpose and intent of the applicable zoning district”. HMC-2, which is what the current hotel proposals we were discussing are, is meant to be a “neighborhood friendly” commercial zoning for businesses of 10,000 square feet or less. The fourth condition states “the proposed use is compatible with and preserves the character and integrity of adjacent development and neighborhoods … includes improvements or modifications either on-site or within the public right of way to mitigate development related adverse impacts,” such as street parking, height, and bulk. John argues that these requirements are not necessarily being met for many of the recent conditional uses the CPC has approved for projects in Bywater, and we are certainly not seeing a reduction in these requests.

John then told the group that the developers of the “Arrive Hotel” (4019 Chartres – across from the HANO lot) have secured their permits and will likely begin work soon. Brian Luckett was then brought up to give an update on the proposed HANO / ITEX development. Thanks to the efforts of Councilmember Palmer and her staff the project was designated as a “planned development,” so near neighbors have had the opportunity to stay involved as the development continues to be planned. NFB submitted a list of potential provisos, and some look like they will be adopted, namely ones that would require developers to follow through on specific improvements to the design that they said they would. These would result in limiting the structure to two stories along France and Royal St and making improvements to traffic flow in and out of the property. The lot is currently undergoing the Section 106 process, which insures the development complies with the National Historic Preservation Act to “avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse impacts to the historic district” in order to receive federal funding. This would include environmental studies as well, such as flood water drainage, though they haven’t gotten that far yet.

Julie then addressed the triple lease that developers have secured for 830 Piety / 3214 Burgundy, and the proposal for a bar/restaurant that pretends to fall just short of the 10,000 square foot conditional use requirement, but which would, as the current plans make clear, actually be much larger. A sushi restaurant planned for 3214 Burgundy appears to be well underway, which could theoretically be connected to the other business as a back door opens into it. It is not large enough to meet requirements needed to obtain a liquor license, though they have applied for one anyway. Opinions regarding the permit can be directed to Azi Nikzad, azi.nikzad@atc.la.gov. Near neighbors have multiple concerns regarding the project as a whole.

The meeting was then adjourned, and attendees were urged to help finish the pizza.

Submitted by Tyler Harwood, secretary

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NFB Board Meeting – November 20, 2019

Meeting started at 7:13pm.

Present: Anthony Eschmann, Brian Luckett, John Andrews, Julie Jones, Susan Korec, Tyler Harwood, Rhonda Findley, Stephen Haedicke

We started with a discussion of what to plan for the next general meeting, which will be December 4th. Julie contacted Councilmember Palmer’s office to see if she or a member of her staff could come discuss business development on St Claude Ave., as we planned for our last meeting that we wound up cancelling. John told us about well organized efforts by residents of Algiers to get potholes and service cuts repaired on their streets. It was suggested we find out who to contact from the city regarding street repairs as a backup, or better yet, a second speaker. Julie will bring pizza, Tyler will bring water, and Anthony will bring plates, cups, ect… Rhonda offered to get more tableware should we need it. 

Julie passed out copies of a letter from NOLA Parks For All that we have been asked to support. The letter is in regards to creating a “Master Plan for Parks and Open Spaces” to effectively and efficiently utilize funds from millages approved by voters last May. The board voted unanimously to support the effort. We all like parks, and our green spaces are disappearing with the current development frenzy.

We were then given a brief update on the bar planned for 830 Piety Street. As requested by Councilmember Palmer, Rhonda coordinated a meeting between near neighbors and members of the BNA. The BNA seemed receptive to the concerns of the neighbors, and acknowledged issues with the plans. 

A near neighbor to Studio Be (2941 Royal St) has been complaining about noise from events at the property. Tyler confirmed that noisy generators and large air conditioners are frequently parked on the street in front of her house. Susan recalls some near neighbors complaining at one of the NOPD 5th district MAX meetings, but the police didn’t seem to think they would be able to help. Apparently the tenant would like to change the official designation of the property with the city from “art gallery” to “event space”, and there was some discussion as to what that would mean and if it is allowable by right in the current zoning. As it is now, special event permits are required and there is a limit to how many they can get in a year. Brian recalled a social media post by Sean Cummings, the owner of the property, back when his plans for the “Via Latrobe” development were still a hot topic with near neighbors. He implied that some of the money from special events held in his warehouses would go toward improvements in the neighborhood. We are curious if this was ever followed through on, as the areas around the warehouses continue to be in poor condition. Tyler volunteered to contact some other near neighbors to see if they have had issues, and will follow up.

John went to one of Councilmember Palmer’s coffee meet-ups, and mentioned some potential confusion regarding our position on the hotel planned for 500 Piety (@ Chartres). We are still opposed to the parking arrangements. Parking should not be leased from the French Market Corp in the lot that serves Crescent Park, it should be provided on site or a private lot should be leased or bought. John will follow up with Ms. Palmer to reiterate and clarify our position. 

An application for Conditional Use to have an event space at 3615-25 St. Claude Ave. will come before City Planning December 10th. A recent NPP apparently did not give a very clear picture of what they have planned, but it was noted that parking is extremely limited and they will be seeking a waiver. They are also asking for “recision of Ordinance 15,311 MCS”. Stephen will research what that means and follow up. We will vote on further action, if necessary, by email.  

Yet another parking waiver is being saught by a planned commercial STR at 3219 St. Claude Ave. The property is zoned HMC-2, and law would require they provide four parking spots, which they cannot. A discussion ensued about best practices for developing St. Claude as a commercial corridor, and it was generally agreed that STRs on street facing ground floors are not ideal. Brian will write Councilmember Palmer regarding the recent high volume of requests for parking waivers. Why have laws if anyone can ask for a pass?

Our January general meeting would fall on New Years Day. It was suggested we push it until the 8th and have a social at Luna Libre, Rhonda’s new cafe. 

There was then a brisk discussion regarding the plans for a hotel at the old Holy Angels Convent at 3500 St. Claude. The new building will be very large and the developers say it is the only way the project will be economically feasible. What could happen if the lease runs out for the senior housing? Or if they decide to nullify the lease? There should also be some discussion as to how the hotel will operate. Will it be a staffed hotel, with security and a front desk, providing jobs for the neighborhood? Or will it be a minimally staffed 92 room STR? MCC group has apparently partnered with Sonder (a STR corp) on other projects. Near neighbors have been quiet, but they may not be aware of potential issues. Brian is a near neighbor and will do some research.

The meeting ended at 8:45.

Submitted by Tyler Harwood, secretary

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November 6, 2020 general meeting cancelled

Speakers we had asked to come speak about parking issues were unable to attend, so we decided to cancel this month’s general meeting.

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