34 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

  • 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     

 

  • 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

 

  • 12/29/2013
  • Posted by staff

PBS: Can the Lower Ninth Ward ever recover from Katrina?

Compelling new video from PBS:

  • 10/23/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Sunrise in the 9

Sun RisePhoto By: John Taylor
  • 10/02/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Mallard in the Flowers on Flood St Levee

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Photo By: John Taylor
  • 06/21/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

A Hurricane of a Different Sort

Twenty-nine folks from the First Baptist Church of Hurricane Youth Group out of Hurricane (pronounced "hurr-i-kuhn" ;), West Virginia, blew into town this week & created a whirlwind of volunteer action, creativity, & hard work!  The fabulous five that I worked with at the CSED community pocket park & orchard at 4817-19 Dauphine Street accomplished an amazing number of tasks in just three days!  Hats off to Philip Bradley, Mark Moore, Timothy & Courtney Hayslett, & Alyssa Tolley for their service to our community! First Baptist Church of Hurricane Youth Group 

Just look at the result of all their creativity & hard work!

Hurricane at Work 1Courtney & Alyssa weeded, & weeded, & weeded some more; planted new plants; laid down lots of landscape fabric; finished a brick border; & put down mulch.  Mulched

Their constant, beautiful smiles as sunny as the sunflowers :) More Weeding

Philip, Mark & Tim stood ready to create recycled slate & brick borders & a recycled brick entry path; load & place broken concrete pavers; cut grass, weed eat, dig dirt & much more! Sidewalk Recycled Slate Border Brick Laying Collage

Cement Hauling CollageWe can't thank our volunteers enough for all their wonderful contributions.  Their work uplifts & sustains us all.

  • 04/02/2013
  • Posted by staff

The Trumpet Returns to the Lower 9: Art, Life, Nature and Recovery

The March/April 2013 Trumpet once again shines the spotlight on the Lower 9th Ward: with features on Art in the 9, Food Security, restoration of Bayou Bienvenue, the Lower 9th Ward Village and so much more! Be sure to read this great issue!

  • 03/12/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Marquette Mardi Gras Madness

Marquette Mardi GrasMarquette Mardi Gras

Making A Real Difference In Gulf Region Areas Surrounding

Students from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are in town performing Mardi Gras Madness with all their volunteer work!  Today, in only 2 hours, they created a border of recycled slate roof tiles for our Community Garden at 4819 Dauphine Street!  Throw them something Mister!  ;)

  • 02/28/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Rochester Mission Group Rocks!

Rochester Mission Group 1
We would like to extend great gratitude to the Rochester Mission Group from Rochester, New York which included hard-working volunteers from Webster, Greece & Ogden Baptist Churches. Just look at what they helped us to accomplish  at our 4819 Dauphine Street Community Orchard in just TWO DAYS!! French Drain & Pathway Collage

Donated ginger was planted along the perimeter French drain which they dug & filled with broken brick pieces unearthed from the soil.  The French drain will redirect runoff into the soon-to-be-built rain garden.  Along with general debris & trash removal, the first entrance pathway was created using broken brick, cement, & recycled roofing slate. Recycled Roofing Slate Pathway Collage 

Holes were dug & measured & nine fruit trees were planted, watered, & mulched.  Neighbors will be able to enjoy the harvest from 2 Satsumas, 2 Ruby Red Grapefruit, 2 Blood Orange, 2 Meyers Lemon, & 1 Persian Lime!  Dreams do come true. Orchard Planted  

The efforts of many continue to bear fruit as countless volunteers generously keep coming to help us rebuild & grow our community. Bearing Fruit