City Council approves New Orleans Delta Foundation community center request
New Orleans City Council approved for a New Orleans Delta Foundation community center on 1949 Duels Street, featuring a multipurpose center, an education and outreach center, and an administration building.
Sheila Danzey, president of the New Orleans Delta Foundation, spoke on behalf of the nonprofit organization at the City Council meeting held on June 15. She said the purchase of the buildings and its pre-development design has been totally funded by the nonprofit.
“Our intent was to bring this property into commerce and to help revitalize the historic 7th ward,” Danzey said.
Their plan is to not demolish or make any major changes to the three buildings, located on 1949 Duels Street and 2741 Saint Anthony Street, in order to leave a tribute to the neighborhood tradesman, carpenters, and plasterers that first constructed the buildings.
In continuing to meet their mission to serve the youth and elderly, Danzey said the New Orleans Delta Foundation looks forward to working with St. Augustine High School and the new Good Shepard School that will be their neighbors.
Demetric Mercadel, president of the pastoral council at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church, spoke in front City Council to say that the church building among the three facilities owned by the deltas is one of out of three churches in the United States to actually feature all of the stained glasses of the Old and New Testament. Mercadel said a special arrangement was made when Corpus Christi Church sold the property to the New Orleans Delta Foundation, so the organization was allowed to keep the stained glasses on the church.
“We have a contract with the delta ladies that they will maintain that on their property, as a tribute to, as they mentioned, the craftsmen, our neighbors that built that parish.”
Councilmember of District D, Jared Brossett gave thanks to the New Orleans Deltas and said this establishment will definitely be a great addition to the 7th ward.
“The deltas are an institution that will make an impact, have made an impact, for decades to come,” Brossett said. “I’m glad to see the cooperation between the Corpus Christi Archdiocese and the deltas.”
District B Councilmember Latoya Cantrell thanked Brossett for his leadership with this development in calling for recommendation for approval. She said she is proud for the work that the New Orleans Delta Foundation has continued to do.
“Thank you so much,” Cantrell said. “I look forward to just working with you in bringing this site alive and at the end of the day, again, meeting our folks where they are with real programming that will empower them to reach their full potential.”
Councilmember Nadine Ramsey of District C gave thanks to the Deltas for their commitment to keep the element of craftsmanship in their community center. Councilmember James Gray of District E praised how the date of Jan. 13, 1913 continues to be a good day, the founding of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The City Council board then unanimously moved for a motion to approve the establishment of a New Orleans Delta Foundation community center with architect Hewitt-