City Planning approves major new development for lakefront

City Planning approves major new development for lakefront

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a major new entertainment venue on the lakefront.

Tipitina's is planning a large amphitheater, restaurants and a PT boat exhibit called the Lakeshore Landing.

The site has sat vacant for well over a decade. It used to host Louisiana's first riverboat gambling casino. Now Tipitina's will bring its musical expertise there build a huge venue to host some major events. 'Tips will spend $12 million converting the 19-acre site. They are also planning a fuel dock and a recording studio.

"I think the support speaks for itself, and there seems to be a lot of excitement about that site being rejuvenated," said 'Tip's' owner Roland Von Kurnatowski.

There was only one voice in opposition.

"Our major concerns are noise and traffic," said Calvin Lopez of New Orleans East. "There's only one road in and out."

But Randy Opotowsky, an attorney for the developer said, "As far as noise, we are subject to the noise ordinance, and we will comply with it."

He also said there are actually three roads into and out of the area.

Tips will enter into a 50-year lease with the Orleans levee board's non-flood asset division, with a second 50-year option.

"We had no idea that the proposal would be so transformative to the area," said Eugene Green with the flood authority.

The first attraction, will be a working PT boat in conjunction with the World War II Museum. It will offer rides to the public and could open by the end of the year with restaurants, events and concerts to follow.

"We want this to be a win for the city of New Orleans, with great feeling. It needs to work, and be real," said Von Kurnatowski.

While the Planning Commission voted five-to zero in favor of the project, the City Council must also vote. That could happen within the month.

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