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Council green-lights conditional use permit for Hubig's Pie Co.

Proposed site of new Hubig's factory is adjacent homes in the Marigny. Proposed site of new Hubig's factory is adjacent homes in the Marigny.

New Orleans, La. — The owners of the Hubig's Pie Company got a green light Thursday from the City Council to build a new factory in the Marigny neighborhood, just down the street from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. But some residents said they fear the facility might be too much for that area.

Hubig's former factory in another part of the Marigny was destroyed by a five-alarm fire in July of 2012.

"It would literally touch our... be directly on our fence," said Rita Chapman, who lives adjacent to the green space that would be used for the new Hubig's building. The site is bounded by Press, Saint Ferdinand, North Rampart, and Burgundy Streets.

Chapman and some of her neighbors also appeared before the council before the conditional use permit was voted on.

"My argument isn't against Hubig's, who can be against Hubig's? My argument is [whether] this is the appropriate site for light industrial use any more in the Marigny," said Gary DeLeaumont in addressing the council.

Still, the council voted 7 to 0 to let Hubig's build on the site.

"When something is institutional and historic and has a track record, you don't deny them something that may not be the highest and best use, but it is a use and he needs to continue," said Council President Jackie Clarkson.

"It really fits in with our larger vision for Press Street as a tree-lined corridor for neighbors to really enjoy and to emphasize the wonderful cultural assets of our city," said Jackson Knowles of the NOCCA Institute, which owns the land.

"It's been a hard year," said Andrew Ramsey, one of the owners of Hubig's. He said they just want to get back to what they know and what the community has come to expect over the decades.

"I think we've looked at over 30 properties. Money is a continual issue, appropriate use of existing buildings," he said.

But concerned residents said their fears have merit. "Some of the other issues we have are around flooding, and the loss of the trees and the green space," stated Chapman.

"The walls are not going to be that tall, the footprint is not going to be that big. We're not going to have it on the corner, we're going to have off-street parking," said Ramsey.

The architect for the project, John C. Williams, said what is planned at this time is a 12,000-sq. foot footprint for the building with an additional 2,500-sq. foot mezzanine. He said, if the sale for the land is finalized with the NOCCA Institute soon, construction could begin in the fall.

Mayor Landrieu's administration supports having the new factory built on the site.

"We have been a business in a residential neighborhood for over 80 years, we understand the pressures, we understand the concerns and I think we do it pretty well," said Ramsey.

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