Proposal for New Orleans Delta Foundation community center to go before city planning
Non-profit New Orleans Delta Foundation is proposing the renovation of three 7th Ward building structures, located on 1949 Duels Street and 2741 Saint Anthony Street, to construct a neighborhood community center.
The three existing structures were previously associated with the Epiphany Roman Catholic Church, and have been damaged and vacant since 2005 from Hurricane Katrina, according to the City Planning Commission’s staff report. The CPC recommended approval of a conditional use permit for a community center in the historic urban two-family residential district.
The staff said the proposal is both consistent with the Master Plan and an appropriate use for providing a needed facility to the neighborhood. Two structures exist at the 1949 Duels Street address, a former church building and convent building, while a former rectory of the church exists at the 2741 Saint Anthony Street address.
The former church building would become the multi-purpose center with an added 315 square feet to contain restroom facilities. The building would include a large assembly hall with a stage, an office, a meeting room, and storage space.
The former convent building will turn into an education and outreach center with a small assembly space, an office, a community room, meeting rooms, classrooms, storage space, and restrooms. The proposal includes plans for a new parking lot with 52 spaces that would be located between the two centers.
The former rectory on Saint Anthony Street will become an administration building, and the majority of the renovation for the properties take place on the interior of the Duels Street buildings.
The architect the New Orleans Delta Foundation has chosen for the project is Hewitt-
According to the City Planning Commission’s staff report, the New Orleans Delta Foundation has also promised to include a plaque recognizing the history of these three buildings first being constructed by neighborhood tradesmen, carpenters, and plasterers.
The community center proposal is the first docket item under new business that City Planning will hear on Tuesday, May 9. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the city council chambers.