CSED has partnered with Tulane City Center to create an outdoor wetland education center on two of our lots at Florida & Caffin Avenues. The project aims to raise awareness of coastal restoration efforts by creating a K-12 environmental learning space that will include exhibits on local plants, outdoor classroom space, a bio swale and rain garden, and access to kayaks that will encourage hands-on learning directly adjacent to the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle. The existing cypress and red maple trees, the community orchard and the butterfly island will remain and be enhanced.
Lower 9th Ward Neighbors harvest watermelon, rosemary, and mint at the CSED Dauphine Community Garden at 4819 Dauphine Street. Stop by often to gather whatever is growing or contact Kathy Muse, CSED Program Coordinator, for more information at 504-939-9028. This garden is a blight beautification project of the Lower 9th Ward CSED.
July 7, 2014
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.
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
Founded in 2006, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) works to stimulate civic engagement, repopulate, sustain natural systems, assist community leadership and preserve resources in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods.
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