How Should The Council Vote On Holy Cross?

by • March 25, 2014 • 9th Ward, Development, Zoning and Land UseComments (0)3730

Rendering via Perez, APC

Rendering via Perez, APC

The New Orleans City Council will vote this week (March 27) on whether and to what extent to approve developer Perez APC’s plans for the redevelopment of the Holy Cross School Site.

Perez’s plans call for redeveloping the 13-acre site into a mixed-use project which would include 284 residential units, commercial and office space, 521 off street parking spaces.  Plans also call for the construction of two multifamily towers close to the riverfront up to 75 feet.  The current allowable height limit is 40 feet.

Neighborhood residents are opposed to the size and density of the project; most importantly of which is the proposed 75 foot resi towers to be constructed near the river.  Unlike most neighbors that just complain about a development, these folks actually did something constructive.

A coalition of residents and neighborhood groups presented three well thought out alternatives Perez’s proposed plans which focused on resident preferences and community focus.

The three plans revealed this week are entirely different than the Perez design.

(1) The first proposal would convert the nearly 14-acre Holy Cross site into a public park and comes with a price tag of $21 million.

(2) The second proposal includes the construction of 27 single-family homes, 30 multi-family homes, and nine acres of green space at a cost of $34 million.

(3) The third proposal includes 27 single-family houses, eight acres of green space and an expansion of the school’s campus at a cost of $47 million,

The Final vote is on the City Council agenda this week.  How should they vote (let us know in the comments!).



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