Nonprofit’s proposal to turn flooded home into museum deferred to September
The New Orleans City Planning Commission stated on Tuesday, August 9 that they would need greater detail on how the blighted property on 4918 Warrington Drive owned by Levees.org would be used as a museum attraction or historical monument. After holding a press conference Monday (Aug. 8) in front of the flooded home, Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal waited about seven hours to find out that her nonprofit organization’s request to the city to permit use of a cultural facility would be deferred for two meetings.
The City Planning Commission unanimously voted to defer Rosenthal’s case until Sept. 13, due to them requiring more information on how the proposed Levees.org cultural and historical attraction would operate.
Rosenthal stated that a contractor would fix the home’s driveway and maintain the property, but she asked that the city waive some requirements for a cultural facility, such as bathrooms and parking. She said the house will act more like a statue or piece of public art.
“The requirements for a cultural facility may not be appropriate or reasonable,” Rosenthal said. “In fact, ‘facility’ is not the word to describe the proposed preserved house; it’s not a facility.”
Rosenthal explained that public viewers can only observe and will not be allowed inside the home, as it’s interior design will be viewable from the front windows. Therefore, there won’t be a need for parking spaces and hours of operation from the property.
“We are more than happy to add a bike rack in the Gentilly spirit,” Rosenthal said.
Carol Gniady, Executive Director of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, spoke in favor of Rosenthal and Levees.org. She said many people might like to see the blighted property destroyed, so there is no reminder of that part of New Orleans’ history.
“Sandy and her small group have worked very hard to present this opportunity to the community,” Gniady said.
No opponents signed up to speak against Levees.org’s proposal.
The City Planning Commission called to defer the proposal until their Sept. 13 meeting, but at the request of Robert M. Steeg, Vice Chair of the City Planning Commission, the item will be on the top of the meeting agenda.