Regional Planning Commission comes up with two plans for West End

Published: Aug. 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM CDT
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New Orleans, La. - It was once one of the city's most popular restaurant areas, but it's been decimated.

Now, the public is weighing in on two long-awaited plans to redevelop West End park -- despite the fact that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a large section of the property tied up.

Both plans call for expanded park space on the north side of Breakwater Drive, an amphitheater near the fountain and condos in the old West End restaurant parking area.  But one also calls for a lagoon to be covered and condos built on the east end of the park.

With or without the plan, John Brimer is converting his boat maintenance shed into a restaurant.

And while the city is looking for development of more income producing properties, boat house owners have concerns.

The corps is also blocking construction on the old West End parking lot until the new 17th Street Canal pumping station is built.

Kerry Cuccia with the Boathouse Owners Association says that's a shame.

Cuccia tells FOX 8, "The corps needs to find another place for it's staging area so that the Municipal Yacht Harbor can develop it's most valuable asset, the old West End restaurant area."

Proponents of the new plan say that's what they want to do as well, while developing assets that they hope will be enjoyed by all.

The public can view the two site plans for West End and comment online, at, the website for the Regional Planning Commission.