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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
A hearty thank you to all the Historic Green 2014 Spring Greening volunteers who spent a week in the Lower 9th Ward working on community projects.
Their energy and enthusiasm produced a rain garden in the back yard of our Chartres Street property and a Bayou Pavillion designed by Anne McTernan with rain catchment and a small rain garden on our Florida Avenue property.
But they accomplished much more at our Chartres Street house and at the Delery Street Playground. They topped it all off by hosting a crawfish boil for the community!
Thank you, Historic Green, for your seven years of support through Spring Greening Events in March of each year since 2008!
Learn more about Historic Green and see their extensive photos of the 2014 Spring Greening event on their facebook page http://historicgreen.org/2014-spring-green-event/
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.
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.
As 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.
Colleen, we so appreciate your time and effort!
We would like to express our gratitude to the Men of Zion from the American Baptist Churches of the South who continue to come volunteer with us. This is their ninth year of service to our community! The wonderful gentlemen that John Taylor and I worked with overcame issues with the auger, compacted soil and rock, and time constraints to install a perimeter fence on our lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues constructed of recycled posts salvaged by John. No matter the obstacle, these good-natured and skilled men will find a way and work until the job is done.
The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED) has purchased the vacant lots at 2639 Caffin Avenue, 5620 Florida Avenue, 2636 and 2640 Lamanche Street from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA).
The purchase of these properties will support and enhance our ongoing effort with partners to restore the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle into a healthly wetland which can once again serve as a natural surge barrier and a recreational haven for our community. In 2007, we helped to build the Bayou Bienvenue Platform located directly across Florida Avenue from these lots. The CSED acts as the caretaker of the platform site, provides tours by a Lower 9th Ward native bayou guide, and engages in community outreach and environmental education. Use of these properties will further enhance our mission to reconnect Lower 9th Ward residents with the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle & the waters that surround them.
Current CSED plans for these lots include regular maintenance, soil sampling, fencing, tree plantings, and the development of a community orchard. We are honored to be able to give new life and purpose to these former homesites of displaced Lower 9th Ward residents.