New Lifestyle Center Along Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City

The Lafitte Greenway has been a hot commodity for investors. Along the 2.6-mile paved pedestrian and bike path connection between Mid-City and the French Quarter, Edwards Communities has a 382-unit apartment project being built as well as Wrong Iron Beer Garden and Hey! Cafe & Coffee Roastery. Developer Sindey Torres wants to get in with the action and plans to develop a “lifestyle center” along the Lafitte Greenway.

Acquiring the land along Lafitte Greenway near Jefferson Davis Parkway and Bayou St. John in 2015, Torres has been working on the plan for the project that would cover the current vacant land. His vision for the lifestyle center took an even bigger step when Torres started to witness the success of Wrong Iron.

The undeveloped land is slated to be the future home of a unique development that will emphasize water features. There will be fifty to sixty condominiums, a dog park, retail stores, shared office space and a 265-car garage with a pool on top. Torres emphasizes walk-ability, green space and outdoor activities will be a big focal point.

“I want to get away from car traffic,” Torres said.

Emily Leitzinger, president of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association is eager to see a presentation of the concept from Torres in the near future.

“He gathered support and people from all over the neighborhood to support his proposal. That speaks to community engagement,” Leitzinger said. “Whenever there’s a developer who comes into Mid-City, we want them to garner the temperature of what people want.”

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New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Presents the Royal Street Stroll, April 4, 2019

The Royal Street Stroll is known for its shops and wine in New Orleans.

Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

April 4, 2019
5:30PM – 8:30PM

Tickets $109.00 to $175.

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From St. Elizabeth’s Chapel to Upscale Condominiums

The home of Anne Rice and the former St. Elizabeth’s Chapel has been renovated into beautiful condominium units. Keller Williams’ Kelly Waltemath is listing a unit that is currently on the market for $1,750,000. This New Orleans’ historical marker, nestled in the Uptown neighborhood, has three bedrooms and five baths.

“Once St. Elizabeth’s Chapel, the stately 1868 historic building has been dramatically renovated into breathtaking condominium units,” said Waltemath. “Unit 16 makes a lasting impression with 24-foot ceilings, banks of stunning 17-foot arched stained glass windows and expansive hardwood flooring.”

This historical building is rich in history. It was originally built as a boarding school in 1865 called St. Elizabeth’s, then in 1870 it was converted to a girls’ orphanage. After closing its doors in 1989, the building was purchased by  Anne Rice in 1993 and then converted to upscale condos in 2004.

The condos still uphold the Greek Revival look of the building which is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and mature landscaping. A great majority of the original structure is still in use along with the arched openings and steps to the former altar.

“There is exquisite architectural detailing in this unit, striking built-ins, and high-end amenities add to the ambiance,” said Waltemath.

New Orleans’ Uptown encompasses the area located on the east bank of the Mississippi River between the French Quarter and the Jefferson Parish line. Uptown’s boundaries include the river to South Claiborne Avenue and Jackson Avenue to Broadway. Many locals also consider Carrollton, the Garden District, the Irish Channel, Central City and the Lower Garden District part of Uptown.

Part of the Uptown New Orleans Historic District, this community came about in the 19th century. Once the Louisiana Purchase was signed, settlers moved their homes and businesses upriver. Canal Street became known as the dividing line between uptown and downtown New Orleans.

Now a mix of residential and small commercial properties, Uptown was originally developed from land that had been plantations in the Colonial era. The land used for the 1884 World Cotton Centennial is now home to
Audubon Park, Tulane University and Loyola University.

This home is not only a historical marker itself, but is located in an area rich with history. This condo is truly a unique find and will sell quickly.

“Express yourself with this dramatic condominium in the heart of Uptown New Orleans,” said Waltemath. “This home is the epitome of local style and culture.”

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Marrero to Get New Grocery Store

Jefferson Parish is a great community to resided in and Marrero is a great town in Jefferson on the West Bank. This vibrant residential and commercial community will be getting a new business in town. Rouses grocery store will be opening a location on Lapalco Boulevard in Marrero.

A local favorite, Rouses Markets is a nationally recognized store and according to Bon Appetit “One of the best grocery stores in the Country.” Started in 1960 by Anthony J. Rouse, Sr., the company is now one of the largest independent grocers in the U.S.

This family-owned company has stores across Louisiana, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Lower Alabama. The store plans to open a new location on the West Bank. The new store will be in a mixed-used commercial zone making the zoning process with Jefferson Parish Council fairly easy.

According to the proposed plan, the store will be located on the side of the lot closest to Rue Louis Phillippe. The only other two businesses currently located on the site are a Burger King and a Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Market.

The new store will be 43,230- square feet with 222 parking spaces.


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How All Female Krewes Came About

Ladies have always had a starring role in Carnival in New Orleans. In the years past women were always behind the scenes but today females rule in several of the well known Krewes of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans started with all-male krewes. Women were just recognized as queens during the Mardi Gras courts and balls. In 1922 the first all female krewe, the Krewe of Iris, was formed and first paraded in 1959. Aminthe Nungesser formed the Krewe of Iris and also captained the Krewe of Venus which was the city’s first female parading club.

Today credit can be given to local attorney Staci Rosenburg for making women more prominent in Mardi Gras. Stacy founded the Krewe of Muses in 2000 which was hit with opposition claiming no female krewe could parade on a weeknight in downtown New Orleans. Ironically in 2002, the Krewe of Muses won Gambit’s best parade award.

Currently women hold a strong position in parading in New Orleans during Carnival with the “big three” women krewes. Krewe of Iris has 3,450 members, Krewe of Muses has 1,118, Krewe of Nyx is the Carnival’s second largest with 3,383 members.

There are many more all female krewes that should be noted. Krewe of Cleopatra which moved to the Uptown route in 2013 from the west bank, currently has 1,000 members. The Krewe of Isis in Metairie is the oldest parading club in Jefferson Parish. St. Tammany is the home to Krewe of Selene and Krewe of Eve.

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