Dear St. Charles Association Members and Supporters:
This Saturday, May 4, the citizens of New Orleans will vote on a 20-year renewal of 6.31 mils in property taxes. This is not a tax increase; it is an extension of an existing tax and a more equitable redistribution of that tax.
Currently, two property taxes totaling 6.31 mils expire in 2020 and 2021. The current property tax benefits the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission ("NORDC"), Parks and Parkways and the Audubon Commission/Audubon Institute ("Audubon") as follows: NORDC – $5,000,000; Parks and Parkways – $5,000,000; and Audubon – $10,800,000.
If approved, the renewed tax will remain at 6.31 mils for 20 years but it will now be divided among NORDC, Parks and Parkways, Audubon and – for the first time in its 169 year history – City Park as follows: NORDC – $6,400,000; Parks and Parkways – $6,000,000; Audubon – $6,400,000; and City Park – $2,000,000.
At our last meeting, your Board of Directors voted to endorse the millage as it will provide greater resources to Parks and Parkways (which maintains the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground and live oak trees), NORDC (which maintains parks and play-spots such as Danneel Park fronting on the Avenue), and Audubon Park. This is an important election and we encourage our members and supporters to vote on May 4.
Should you want additional information on the millage, the most accurate and complete explanation of the proposal is contained in the Bureau of Governmental Research ("BGR") report, which the BGR recently issued when it recommended that the millage be adopted.
Thank you for your consideration of the millage proposal. And remember, May 4 is a Jazz Fest Saturday – so be sure to vote early.
Paul J. Masinter,
President, St. Charles Avenue Association
> View the BGR Report
FILMING NOTIFICATION - NCIS New Orleans – Thursday, February 21, 2019
The CBS Series entitled NCIS: NEW ORLEANS will be filming at St. Charles Avenue & Audubon Place on Thursday Feb 21st, 2019. The main company will move in and begin filming in the area from approximately 3pm-10pm. On the day of filming their crew parking and base camp will be situated in private lots to minimize impact in the area. All driveways and handicap zones will be respected. If you have any loud construction work or large deliveries scheduled for the day in question, they ask that you please let them know in advance so they can accommodate your needs.
There will also be ITC (Intermittent Traffic Control) between the hours of 7am and 7pm, excluding rush hour times, at the intersection of St Charles Ave and Audubon Pl on Thursday Feb 21st, 2019.
Parking will also be affected on the following streets from 12:01am to 11:59pm on Thursday Feb 21st, 2019:
Both sides of the 6900 Block of St Charles Ave - Clear for Picture and Work Trucks
> See Flyer for more information
5200 St. Charles Avenue is on HDLC's Meeting Agenda Friday, February 22
The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission will hold a special meeting this Friday, February 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM in the City Council chamber, located at 1300 Perdido Street. 5200 Saint Charles Avenue is on the agenda, and the public is welcome to attend. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place on February 6th, and has been rescheduled for February 22nd.
Below is an excerpt from the meeting agenda.
5200 St Charles Ave: St. Charles Avenue Historic District, Full Control: Corbett Scott, applicant; Will Owen Blankenship, owner; Renovation and addition to an existing accessory structure. (http://onestopapp.nola.gov/Redirect.aspx?SearchString=19-00375-HDLC).
> View meeting agenda (pdf)
The City Council failed to vote on a zoning-change request within 60 days of the City Planning Commission’s recommendation, Therefore, plans for a nail salon at 7457 St. Charles Avenue, uptown, have been halted.
Paul Masinter, President of the St. Charles Avenue Association, had written to the council members expressing SCAA’s opposition to the salon and was one of three speakers at the February 7th meeting.
The building owner needed a conditional-use permit to operate as a neighborhood commercial establishment, since the building had been vacant since 2017.
There is a two-year waiting period before the building owner can submit another request for the zoning change.
> Read more on Uptown Messenger
Join Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans' Park Partners to learn about the city-wide parks millage proposal (on the May 4, 2019 ballot) in a series of neighborhood meetings that run from Feb. 7 through Feb. 25 throughout the city.
The public meeting for District A will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th 2019 at 6 PM, at City Park's Parkview Terrace Room.
> More information on the City of New Orleans website
5200 St. Charles Avenue is on HDLC's Meeting Agenda
The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM in the City Council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street. Saint Charles Avenue is on the agenda for the meeting, and the public is welcome to attend.
Below is an excerpt from the meeting agenda.
5200 St Charles Ave: Corbett Scott, applicant; Will Owen Blankenship, owner; Renovation and addition to an existing accessory structure (http://onestopapp.nola.gov/Redirect.aspx?SearchString=19-00375-HDLC).
View meeting agenda (pdf)
Vote on Nail Salon Postponed
The City Council Vote on the proposed Nail Salon at 7456 St. Charles Avenue has been postponed. SCAA Board member John Bendernagel attended the public meeting on January 8th. The owners have decided to eliminate the second floor and will make new drawings available.
Public Meeting re: 7457 St. Charles Proposed Nail Salon - January 8th at 6 PM
What: Presentation on request for a conditional use to operate a nail salon at 7457 St. Charles Avenue
When: Tuesday, January 8, at 6 PM
Where: St. Andrews Parish House (Chalstrom House) 1031 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans
HDLC Meeting December 13, 2018
The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 1:30 PM in the City Council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street. St. Charles Avenue is on the agenda. The public is welcome.
Below is an excerpt from the agenda:
3540 St. Charles Ave: Saint Charles Avenue Historic District, Full Control: Harvey Burns, applicant; The Hibernia National Bank, owner; Installation of drive-thru ATM and canopy addition.
View the agenda here.
City Planning Commission Meeting Tuesday, December 11 at 1:30pm
The New Orleans City Planning Commission will hold public hearings on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:30pm on proposed amendments to the comprehensive zoning law, of the City of New Orleans. St Charles Avenue is a bounding street for one of the proposed amendments:
ZONING DOCKET 133/18 - Request by 1517 Terpsichore, LLC for a zoning change from an HU-RD2 Historic Urban Two-Family Residential District to an HUMU Historic Urban Neighborhood Mixed-Use District, on Square 194, Lot 10 or 15, in the First Municipal District, bounded by Terpsichore Street, Prytania Street, Saint Charles Avenue, and Melpomene Street. The municipal address is 1517 Terpsichore Street. (PD 2)
The meeting will take place in the City Council Chamber (City Hall 1E07), 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.
Read more in the meeting agenda.
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