Livable Claiborne Communities Meetings March 16 & 18, 2013By
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The City of New Orleans and the planning team for the Livable Claiborne Communities Revitalization Study announced a second round of community workshops and meetings to discuss potential “futures and scenarios” for the Claiborne Avenue Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.
These workshops and open house meeting are scheduled for:
- Saturday, March 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Joseph A. Craig Elementary School at 1423 St. Philip St., New Orleans, LA 70116, and
- Monday, March 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113.
At the initial round of meetings held in December, residents shared their hopes, ideas, and concerns about the Livable Claiborne Communities study and its potential impact on the neighborhoods along the corridor. Now, responding to those ideas and aspirations, the Livable Claiborne Communities’ team of planners and architects has drafted visual illustrations and strategies that will allow residents to view and imagine possible redevelopment options for the Claiborne Avenue Corridor.
“The success of the Claiborne Revitalization Study is reliant upon community input,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We invite all residents to come out and engage with us as we discuss the future of our city. The potential impact this study could have is huge. The Claiborne Avenue Corridor is more than just a vital transportation artery for our city and region, its where many of us work, live, and play. Residents’ input through these public meetings is essential to developing the best outcomes.”
The Livable Claiborne Communities Revitalization Study is the result of many local interests in invigorating this historic corridor of family, commerce, and culture by applying principles of sustainable and livable communities. Some of the goals and objectives for the project, formed from the input of the more than 400 community members who participated in the first round of public meetings, include:
- reducing blight and vacancy;
- keeping housing affordable for current residents and their children;
- addressing the critical need for jobs and small business support;
- making the area appealing to new and growing industries;
- increasing residents’ access to fresh food and neighborhood-serving retail;
- supporting local culture with neighborhood revitalization initiatives;
- balancing the needs of residents and motorists when considering any changes to I-10;
- increasing public transit access for area residents and commuters;
- restoring beauty to Claiborne Avenue;
- reconnecting neighborhoods;
- improving streets for strolling, gathering and bicycling; and
- incorporating effective storm water management into all plans.
The Claiborne communities at the heart of the study lie along Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue, and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the Mississippi River side.
Total funding for this study is $2,758,500 with funding coming from a $1,328,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant ($928,000 federal and $400,000 local match) and a $1,430,500 U.S. Department of Transportation/ Federal Highway Administration TIGER II Infrastructure Planning Grant ($1,072,000 federal and $358,000 local match). Local match funding is provided by a consortium of a philanthropic partners, the Mayor’s Office Strategic Opportunities Fund, and Urban Development Action Grant funding.
This DOT/HUD partnership is unprecedented in that federal agencies are pooling their resources to consider community building holistically rather than focus on individual scopes of work. Under the Obama Administration, government agencies are working collaboratively to promote walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.
The Livable Claiborne Communities Revitalization Study will be complete in August 2013.
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