FOX 8 News received this press release from the Mayor's Office Wednesday evening:
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The City of New Orleans is encouraging residents of Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes to attend a region-wide public meeting on December 8, or subsequent neighborhood meetings in the week of December 10, to discuss a federal and locally funded revitalization and transportation study of the Claiborne Avenue corridor. Called "Livable Claiborne Communities," this study will analyze potential investments to improve transit and walkability; connect housing to jobs, schools and healthcare; advance sustainability; and promote livable neighborhoods and economic development. In addition to identifying community revitalization and economic development strategies, the study will investigate ways to mitigate the impacts of the elevated section of Interstate 10 over Claiborne Avenue including the feasibility of various alternatives for future transportation investments that may or may not include its removal. This $2,758,500 study is funded through a joint U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant and U.S. Department of Transportation/ Federal Highway Administration TIGER II Infrastructure Planning Grant which the City of New Orleans won in a competitive grant process.
Residents from around the city and the region are invited to a meeting on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dent Hall on Dillard University's campus to learn more about the study and contribute their perspectives. The following week, residents and others in the core neighborhoods along the corridor are invited to attend one of four neighborhood-based meetings focusing on revitalization and economic development. A complete schedule of neighborhood meetings can be found below.
"We encourage all citizens to join their neighbors to consider the possibilities of the Claiborne Avenue corridor. Success could mean transforming this entire area into a more vibrant community," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "We need to hear from those that live along the Claiborne Avenue corridor and from people throughout the region who use this vital transportation artery. Residents' input will be invaluable in helping planners understand potential enhancements in each neighborhood and the transportation needs of the region."
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 river side. A map of this area is attached to this email.
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 the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy through a $155,000 Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater New Orleans Foundation 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 President Obama's Administration, government agencies are working collaboratively to promote walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.
Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure and Community Development Cedric Grant said, "Through an open and public process, we will look at options around transportation, revitalization, economic development and sustainability. We will explore the ideas and questions raised in an effort to compare a range of potential options for the 3.9 mile stretch of corridor."
The Livable Claiborne Communities study will be complete in August 2013.
Metro Area Meeting
Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Dillard University, Dent Hall
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122
New Orleans Metropolitan Region
Monday, December 10, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Grace United Methodist Church/Multi-purpose Room
3401 Canal St.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Christian Unity Baptist Church
1700 Conti St.
Iberville, Treme/Lafitte, Seventh Ward
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Andrew Wilson Charter School/Cafeteria
3617 General Pershing St.
Broadmoor, Freret, Milan
Thursday, December 13, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Central City, BW Cooper
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