NOCCA Close To Breaking Ground on Shipping Container Urban Garden

by • June 10, 2014 • Bywater, Community Development, Marigny, Parks & Public SpacesComments (0)5996

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Construction should start soon for NOCCA’s new half-acre garden on Press Street near the new New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts building.

Construction permits were filed with the city last week.  The site is adjacent to NOCCA’s new development and campus extension, the Forum Building.

The community garden is a half-acre urban farm and outdoor lab designed to serve arts, academics and the community.

 The site will include a building made out of a recycled shipping container donated by Candies Shipyard.  Other features will include beds dedicated to native and culturally significant Louisiana plan, extensive vegetable and herb gardens, cut flower garden, espaliered fruit trees, beds for science and humanities study, greenhouse and garden retail, shaded pergola for an outdoor classroom and events, kumquat, cotton and herb-lined fence, with vines of passion fruit, grapes and kiwi on the interior, and a food truck called The Boxcar to serve diners and support garden operations.

The plans filed with the city on June 6 describes the projects as one that will “transform the empty lot into a garden space. A recycled shipping container will serve as an accessory-use structure to a garden. The container will house garden supplies, a small retail outfit and a restroom. Scope of work also includes a new greenhouse, planting beds and walkways, a new fence, and a new sidewalk along Press Street.”

John Williams is the architect and Spackman, Mossop and Michaels are the landscape architects.

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