Mayor Landrieu announced that the Port of New Orleans, the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the City of New Orleans have agreed to preliminary terms of a landmark plan that will stimulate economic growth of the Port and local industries by aligning the Public Belt Railroads and its assets under the Port of New Orleans. The Public Belt will continue to effectively serve the Port of New Orleans and can proceed with plans to invest and grow. The move is expected to give the Port greater competitive advantage in international trade which will be an economic boon for the city.
The plan also calls for the Port to transfer the Governor Nicholls Street and Esplanade Avenue Wharves along the Mississippi River to the City of New Orleans. This will provide contiguous public access to the riverfront from Crescent Park to Spanish Plaza along a spectacular 3-mile stretch for resident’s and visitor’s enjoyment and will optimize opportunities for planned activities along the riverfront. This improved public access comes several years after the opening of the 1.4 mile, 20-acre linear Crescent Park that connects our community and visitors to our riverfront.
2. City Celebrates Opening of Newly Renovated NOPD Third District Police Station and Training Academy
This week, Mayor Landrieu joined City officials and community stakeholders to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated $2.4 million NOPD Third District Station (4600 Paris Ave.) and $3 million Training Academy (4650 Paris Ave.). The 11,585-square ft. Police Station and 24,000-square ft. Training Academy are state-of-the-art, hurricane resilient facilities. The Third District facility will support hundreds of officers and provide critical support to the Gentilly and Lakeview neighborhoods.
The Police Station features a detective Investigation Unit, a Narcotics Platoon and Task Force Units. The facility also has a roll call and conference room that the community will be able to use for public meetings.
The Training Academy features class rooms, a computer lab, physical training areas, men’s and women’s locker rooms, conference rooms, and office space. Post-renovation, the Police Station and Training Academy traded locations to better utilize building space.
Mayor Landrieu and City officials broke ground on the new NOPD Second District Police Station (3401 Broadway St.) This $6.3 million, 17,000 square-ft. facility will support hundreds of officers and provide critical support to the Uptown and Carrollton communities. The new facility will replace the current Second District Police Station (4317 Magazine St.), and will feature a detective Investigation Unit, a Narcotics Platoon and Task Force Units. In addition, the facility will have a roll call and conference room that the community will be able to use for public meetings.
The New Orleans Recreation and Development (NORD) Commission broke ground on the Gert Town Natatorium, adjacent to the new police station, in July. The Natatorium (3411 Broadway St.) will house a six-lane, 25-yard indoor competition swimming pool and share a community plaza with the Police Station. The facility will also have men’s, women’s and a family locker room area as well as a snack bar. The new 15,000-square feet facility will cost $6.7 million to construct.
Upon completion, the Natatorium will be the fourth indoor pool and the City’s 16th NORDC pool in operation. The original Natatorium was substantially damaged during Hurricane Katrina and was demolished in 2011 to prepare the site for the new facility.
Mayor Landrieu joined Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB), and city and state officials at the Carrollton Water Plant (8800 South Claiborne Ave.) to preview and tour the new water tower construction project. This $50 million infrastructure investment will make the City’s water supply and this facility more resilient and will help mitigate future boil water advisories.
Prompted by disruptions in electricity resulting in water service interruptions to New Orleans residents, S&WB and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched this project to upgrade the water distribution facilities at the Carrollton Water Purification Plant.
The upgrades are designed to reduce the occurrence of “water hammer.” Water hammer is a surge of water pressure caused by power loss at a water plant. This can result in shockwaves in the water system that can damage and lead to water main breaks. The project includes two new 200-ft. tall water tanks that will hold 4 million gallons of water. In the event of complete power loss the towers will provide uninterrupted water pressure for 40 minutes and continuous water service to the city. The water towers are a major proactive measure that S&WB has taken to ensure residents continue to receive high quality water every day.
5. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Officials Bring Nix Library, Nora Navra Library Back to 7th Ward, Carrolton Communities
Mayor Landrieu and City officials celebrated the reopening of the newly-renovated Nix Library (1401 S. Carrollton Ave.) This $320,000 investment includes technological upgrades, infrastructure changes and a new floorplan. The Nix Library, which has been under renovation since October 2016, consisted of a number of facility repairs and upgrades including new interior paint, plaster repair, floor replacement, new lighting, a new water fountain, plumbing and electrical work, and new hardscaping. Additionally, the library was redesigned to include new furniture, new shelving, new equipment, a self-checkout machine and five additional public computers.
Mayor Landrieu joined District D Councilmember Jared Brossett and City and State officials to break ground on the new Nora Navra Library (1902 St. Bernard Ave.). The original 2,500-square ft. library, constructed in 1954, was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The new library will be 7,800-square ft. and will cost over $3.3 million. The new Library will provide adult and children reading areas, computer work stations, meeting rooms and staff offices and break rooms. This energy efficient building will feature a hurricane resistant exterior, high efficiency HVAC systems, insulated roofs and walls, LED lighting, and ADA accessibility. Construction will be completed in spring 2018.
Since 2010, the City of New Orleans has reopened, rebuilt, renovated or added 14 libraries across New Orleans totaling over $42 million. These libraries are part of $321 million worth of capital investment made by the City.
Mayor Landrieu joined City and State officials, and community stakeholders to celebrate the completion of the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Streetscape Project from Calliope Street to St. Andrew Street in Central City. The $1.85 million project was funded through a Disaster-Community Development Block Grant. Construction began in August 2016.
The scope of work for this project included partial removal of the neutral ground from Felicity Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, installing wider pedestrian refuges at intersections, repairing damaged sidewalks, installing new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections, restriping the roadway from two travel lanes and a parking lane to one travel lane, bike lane, and a parking lane in each direction, striping new high visibility crosswalks and a bike lane, improving rain gardens, planting landscaping and tree cuts and repaving the asphalt roadway.
Streetscape projects improve the area surrounding the roadway by making them more pedestrian-friendly and encouraging people to walk or bike rather than drive, as well as triggering investment in the surrounding community.
For more information about the O.C. Haley Boulevard Streetscape Project or the Capital Improvement Program, visit roadwork.nola.gov.
Mayor Landrieu joined City and State officials, and community stakeholders to celebrate the completion of the $2.2 million Aubry Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. The construction stretched from North Broad Street to Gentilly Boulevard. The Aubry Street Infrastructure Improvement Project included installing new subsurface drainage lines and catch basins, replacing the existing sewer and water lines, widening the roadway (from 22 ft. to 26 ft.), replacing the existing asphalt roadway with a concrete roadway, establishing a curb and gutter within the project limits, replacing sidewalks the length of the project, and installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections. Funding for this $2.2 million project comes from the Disaster Community Development Block Grant.
For more information about the Aubry Street Infrastructure Improvement Project or the Capital Improvement Program, visit roadwork.nola.gov.
Mayor Landrieu, City and State officials, and community stakeholders broke ground on the $3.8 million Michoud Boulevard Reconstruction Project. Construction will stretch from Chef Menteur Highway to Dwyer Road in New Orleans East.
The Michoud Boulevard Reconstruction Project is a full reconstruction of the roadway, including replacing the existing water, sewer and drainage lines; repaving the roadway in concrete between the Michoud Bridge and Dwyer Road; repaving the roadway in asphalt from the Michoud Bridge to Chef Menteur Highway; installing new sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections; and striping with high-visibility crosswalks. For more information about the Michoud Boulevard Reconstruction Project or the Capital Improvement Program, visit roadwork.nola.gov.
Mayor Landrieu joined City Officials to launch the renovations of the Historic Algiers Courthouse (225 Morgan St.). The courthouse, originally constructed in 1896, serves as the home of the Second City Court. Nearly $1.2 million in renovations are scheduled to be completed this fall. Renovations include installation of a new slate roof and ornamental metal signage, repairs and replacement of wood decking in the east and west tower upper floors, and miscellaneous repairs to the building exterior. Funding for the Algiers Courthouse renovation came from FEMA public assistance.
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