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Revive & Thrive

By Jessica Williams jwilliams@theadvocate.com

In less than a year, an aquamarine rectangle along a stately 7th Ward road will be transformed.

The structure, a former grocery-turned-nightclub, will gain refurbished doors and windows. Its concrete block and stucco exterior will be carefully preserved and refreshed. And New Orleans’ “only true reggae club,” as proprietor Alvin Reece calls it, will gain an outdoor terrace for patrons’ pleasure.

For Club Caribbean and six other establishments along Bayou Road slated for revamping, the improvements are a way to attract customers impressed by restored architecture and freshly painted façades.

For the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority — the agency writing the checks for most of the work — it is one piece of a much larger project: a plan to breathe life into four of the city’s commercial corridors and preserve the history they embody.

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Tulane City Center opens exhibit on history of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

September 21, 2015

Barri Bronston 
Phone: 504-314-7444 

Tulane City Center, the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture, will open an exhibit on the history of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Sept. 23 at its Central City headquarters, 1725 Baronne St.

Titled “Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: Past, Present and Future,” the exhibit will open with a reception and viewing at 6 p.m.

Drawing from the two and a half years of partnership between the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Tulane City Center in developing the Façade RENEW program, the exhibit will feature historic photographs, architectural plans and documents exploring the physical and social history of the thoroughfare once known as Dryades Street.

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NORA looks to expand Façade Renew program

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor  October 30, 2015


The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has committed more than $940,000 to a program that is helping business owners restore and revitalize storefronts along targeted commercial corridors throughout the city.

In January, the agency launched its Façade Renew program as a way to encourage commercial property owners to upgrade and preserve the historic architectural integrity of their buildings. Since then, 29 projects have qualified for grants totaling $946,433.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Decade Later, New Orleans Nonprofits Cite Gains, Yet Worry Over the Future

Melissa Sawyer founded the Youth Empowerment Project in 2004 in 1,200 square feet of rented space in Central City, a poor black neighborhood a mile southwest of the French Quarter. Her budget was $235,000, a combination of local grants and a state contract to help 25 young people caught up in the criminal-justice system.

Today, the nonprofit has a $3.5-million operating budget. It owns its headquarters on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a resurgent commercial corridor, and serves up to 800 youths annually, providing education, and job- and life-skills programs.

The accelerant was a burst of philanthropic dollars in New Orleans in the years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita roared through, overwhelmed the levee system, and caused catastrophic flooding.

"We have grown so much over the last 11 years," Ms. Sawyer says. "Quite frankly, I don’t know where we would have been if Katrina hadn’t happened."



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