The Uptown Messenger reports that a developer’s request to tear down the Roly Poly building on Tchoupitoulas for a new bank branch was approved by City officials.,
The demolition application filed with the city by Butler Callahan Holdings calls for the Roly Poly at 5409 Tchoupitoulas and the house behind it at 305-07 Octavia to be torn down in April, and for a new Regions Bank with drive-through lanes to be built in place of both of them.
The Uptown Messenger reports:
In a meeting Monday before the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee (which hears demolition requests), Marilyn Feldmeier of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association said that neighbors are fine with the demolition of the Roly Poly and the proposed construction of the bank. They are concerned, however, that the property with the house on it is actually zoned light industrial, and would like to see its demolition tied to some sort of agreement or proviso that the replacement for the house will actually be a bank, and not some less-desirable use if the bank deal fails.
The bank still has a ways to go before it can get the house at 305 Octavia torn down, and neighbors are worried that should the bank deal fall through, it would leave a bigger parcel open to high density development.