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By Eileen Fleming  NOV 9, 2015

New Orleans agencies are conducting online auctions to sell off property. Two University of New Orleans experts are saying the whole process should be ramped up.

The City of New Orleans just finished its fifth online auction -- most recently for 49 properties.  Thirty-three bidders won 40 auctions, with a total price of $1.1 million.

Michelle Thompson is associate professor of planning and urban studies at UNO, and is a former real estate appraiser. She says the process is a great idea to clear blight and get property back in commerce -- and the city should be more aggressive.

“If you can bring out 500 to 1,000 properties and they’re competitively priced with the appropriate appraisals, it actually might encourage people to purchase properties," she said. "It might actually help stabilize neighborhoods. The market’s hot. So get ‘em out there. Get ‘em sold.”  

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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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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.

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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 
bbronst@tulane.edu

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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