49 posts categorized "Advocacy"

  • 07/25/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Community Meeting Saturday 8/2/2014 Re Rezoning of Florida Ave Properties

The CSED owns the vacant lots at 2639 Caffin Avenue, 5620 Florida Avenue, 2636 and 2640 Lamanche Streets. The site is currently zoned as residential. In order for CSED to use the property as a visitor and learning center along with office space, its zoning must be changed to B-1 to accommodate a non-residential use.  We are required to apply for approval to change the site’s zoning designation. Our application must be heard by the City Planning Commission and the City Council. We anticipate this approval process will take several months. 

If you own property in the area, or are otherwise interested in the neighborhood, I am inviting you to a meeting where you can learn more about what we propose and have an opportunity to present your questions or concerns.  We are required to do this before we submit our application to the City Planning Commission. 

This meeting will take place:    Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

                                                              2636 Lamanche Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 

At the meeting, a sign-in sheet will be provided to obtain phone numbers and/or email addresses so that we can keep you updated if there are any changes to the plans.

We see the site as a great opportunity to develop environmental education and connect the community and visitors with their natural surroundings.  The CSED initially plans to install a modular classroom building on the vacant lot at 2636 Lamanche Street in late 2014 or early 2015.  Future plans include building a Lower 9 Environmental Learning and Research Center. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.  I hope to see you at the meeting on Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10a.m., at 2636 Lamanche Street.

Arthur Johnson, Executive Director                                   Phone: (504)324-9955  

       

  • 07/07/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Community Meeting 7/12/14 Re: Rezoning 5227 Chartres Street

July 7, 2014 

Dear Neighbor: 

I am contacting you on behalf of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED).  The CSED owns the building and property at 5227 Chartres Street between Lizardi and Egania Streets. The site is currently zoned as residential. In order for CSED to use the property as a visitor and learning center along with office space, its zoning must be changed to B-1 to accommodate a non-residential use.  We are required to apply for approval to change the site’s zoning designation. Our application must be heard by the City Planning Commission and the City Council. We anticipate this approval process will take several months. 

Because you own property in the area, or are otherwise interested in the neighborhood, I am inviting you to a meeting where you can learn more about what we propose and have an opportunity to present your questions or concerns.  We are required to do this before we submit our application to the City Planning Commission. 

This meeting will take place:            Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

                                                                      5227 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 

At the meeting, a sign-in sheet will be provided to obtain email addresses so that we can keep you updated if there are any changes to the plans. 

We see the site as a great opportunity to reduce blight in the neighborhood. The CSED is renovating this historic, 100 year old barge board house into a learning center.  The center will showcase energy efficiency upgrades and primarily serve as an educational center for the Lower 9th Ward community. We estimate work will be complete in late 2014. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.  I hope to see you at the meeting on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11a.m., at 5227 Chartres Street. 

Sincerely, 

Arthur Johnson, Executive Director

Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED) 

5130 Chartres Street - Post Office Box 770407 - New Orleans LA 70177-0407

Phone: (504)324-9955         Fax: (504)267-5583

www.sustainthenine.org     

 

  • 06/23/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Citrus Canker Disease

We have unfortunately lost one of our grapefruit trees in our Dauphine Street Commuity Orchard to citrus canker disease.  This has been confirmed by Dr. Raghuwinder Singh of the LSU Ag Center.  He advises that "the only way to manage citrus canker is to remove the symptomatic tree entirely. Double bag the tree in black sturdy trash bags and then dispose of it in a landfill or let the garbage hauler take it. Surface sterilize the tools that you use to cut the tree with 20% bleach solution. Also remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Do not touch or visit another citrus tree within 72 hours after you remove the tree." If one of your trees shows signs of citrus canker disease, please notify Dr. Singh by emailing rsingh@agcenter.lsu.edu the location and photos of the diseased tree.  He is tracking the spread of this disease.Citrus Canker Collage

Dauphine Orchard Grapefruit with Citrus Canker Disease Disposal 4

Our tree appeared healthy and vigorous with new growth sprouting all around but the bottom leaves had lesions with yellow halos. Citrus canker is a highly contagious disease and all varieties of citrus are susceptible. Help stop the spread of this disease by being informed and taking immediate action.

Learn more at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/communications/leads/citrus-canker-disease-threatens-louisiana-trees.htm

href="http://southeastfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/usda-confirms-citrus-canker-now-louisiana" target="_blank">USDA confirms citrus canker now in Louisiana

  • 04/15/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Great Giving Global Kids!

Global Kids Volunteers NYC NY

The CSED was fortunate to host Global Kids volunteers from New York City yesterday!  They gave their hands, hearts, and minds in service to two homeowners who are rebuilding their homes.  These high school students spent the day painting, cleaning, doing yard work, and sharing their  impressive thoughts about life in general. Very special kids indeed!

  • 04/08/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Connect the 9 Community Rides On

Bike Ride Sign Up CollageLevee Ride Collage Coming Down Levee at Global Green Finish at Bayou Bienvenue Platform

  • 04/03/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Connect the 9 - Community Bike Ride Map for April 5, 2014

Bike Ride Map April 5 2014

Connect The 9

SECOND ANNUAL COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE

SATURDAY, APRIL 5th

Ride to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward and advocate for safe transportation options for bikers and walkers on the St. Claude Bridge!

This FREE ride starts at The Green Project, crosses the St. Claude Avenue Bridge to the Lower 9th Ward, stops on the levee at Deslonde, and wraps up at Bayou Bienvenue. 

 Join us at any of these stops!

9:30am      Ride from the Lower 9th Ward - meetup at Sam Bonart Park at 1200 Forstall Street

10:30am    Ride Starts at the Green Project, 2831 Marais Street

11:00am     River to Bayou ride, meet at the Levee and Deslonde Street

12:00pm    Ride ends at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Platform with Snoballs!

Visitwww.bikeeasy.orgfor more information 

http://bikeeasy.org/events/archives/1417/ 

Read more about the dangers and use of the St. Claude Bridge as a pedestrian & bike crossing.

Download Bridging St. Claude_Final Report

 

  • 02/20/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

New & Returning Volunteers from Webster, Ogden, & Greece Baptist Churches

Hailing from the great state of New York, new & returning volunteers from Webster, Ogden & Greece Baptist Churches worked tirelessly in our neighborhood this week.  I was fortunate to have the assistance and youthful energy of Brett Forstbauer, Taylor Riggins, & Michael Soluri.  They worked with our constant, quinntessential volunteer Steve Gonzales to continue our effort to clear & level the blighted backyard of the property next to our Dauphine Street community orchard.  These guys dug deep to eliminate roots, remove debris, & rake & level the ground to help us achieve easy maintenance. Dauphine Next Door Blight  Vol Collage Dauphine Next Door Blight Cleanup Vol from Webster, Ogden, & Greece Baptist Churches in New York Resized



Thanks to these young men, we also now have another community orchard planted on our Florida Avenue properties. They diligently dug holes, mixed soil, planted, watered, & mulched nine fruit trees...2 ruby red grapefruit, 1 sweet kumquat, 2 sweet orange, 1 Satsuma, 2 figs, & 1 apple. Florida Ave Community Orchard Collage

Many thanks to Michael, Brett, & Taylor for helping us to Sustain the Nine!
 
CSED Florida Avenue Community Orchard Resized
  • 01/13/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Common Ground Volunteers Plant Trees on CSED Florida Avenue Lot

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Many thanks to James of Common Ground Reflief and to their volunteers who planted and mulched 1 pecan, 4 cypress, and 5 red maple trees on the CSED vacant lot at 5620 Florida Avenue.  These volunteers came from near and far: New York, the College of New Jersey Alternative Break Club, the Share Institute from American River College in California, and the University of Mississippi.  These hardworking young people continued their good works that day by planting trees in the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle.  We are so very grateful that volunteers keep coming to offer their many hands in service to our community. Tree Planting Collage

James Tree Box Collage

  • 01/07/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Colleen Butler Computerized Design Plan for CSED Lots at Florida & Caffin Avenues

  Computerized Design Plan Resized

We would like to give a shout out to Ecologist Colleen Butler who generously offered to volunteer her services to computerize the landscape design plan for the CSED lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues.   The Florida Avenue lot will be planted with red maple, pecan, and cypress trees. The naturalized "island" blooming with goldenrod that currently exists in the rear of this lot will be enhanced with additional plants to further attract butterflies.  A community fruit orchard will be planted on the Lamanche Street properties.  A perimeter fence of recycled 4x4 posts strung with rope has already been installed.  

Florida Lot CollageAs per our request, Colleen designed a temporary seating structure for the Caffin Avenue lot to stage groups of visitors who often come to learn more about the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle. She included an attached rain catchment system to provide a water source for the site. 

Computerized Plan Rain Catchment Benches Rope Fence Resized

 

Colleen, we so appreciate your time and effort!