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