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New fencing going up under the Pontchartrain Expressway

Fencing will go up around surface lots on the edge of the Warehouse District (Source: FOX 8) Fencing will go up around surface lots on the edge of the Warehouse District (Source: FOX 8)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC) plans to erect fencing around surface parking lots under US 90/Pontchartrain Expressway.

Four lots along Calliope Street from St. Charles Avenue to S. Rampart/Loyola Avenue will be become managed parking lots.

"Right now, parking in the Central Business District is in high demand. Because of the limited number of on-street parking space available, returning this area to commerce will decrease traffic congestion and increase accessibility which will ultimately improve commerce," Acting CEO of NOBC Cedric Grant said. "Fencing this area and having it managed as parking will also help to keep the area more clean."

The NOBC will negotiate with interested parties to lease the parking lots at market rate. The City says the lots will remain closed until an operator is selected.

Fencing will cost the NOBC $332,000. The City says the funds come from proceeds from its operation of the Union Passenger Terminal.

The fencing is expected to be up by mid-April 2016.

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