Proposal for obtaining Lincoln Beach to be brought before Non-Flood Protection Authority
Although the item was not on the agenda for last week’s (Oct. 27) Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority’s board meeting (NFPAMA), Eugene J. Green Jr., Vice-Chairman of NFPAMA and Chairman of the commercial real estate committee, expressed interest in proposing to the board at their next meeting (Nov. 3) that they approach the city about transferring ownership of Lincoln Beach to the Authority.
Green said that he originally wanted to gain some movement on working to develop Lincoln Beach with the city by contributing to a clean-up. Lincoln Beach is a former site and amusement park open from 1939 to 1964. It opened for African-Americans during segregation and closed shortly after, located along Lake Pontchartrain in the New Orleans East area of the Ninth Ward.
“I was going to ask us today to approve funding to work with the city of New Orleans to work on the beginning of a clean-up of Lincoln Beach, but we can’t do that,” Green said.
Green explained that the legal counsel for the board explained that NFPAMA couldn’t support an entity that the organization does not own.
Green asked Wilma Heaton, Chairwoman of the Authority, to elaborate a bit on the background the organization has had with funding Lincoln Beach through the levee district. Heaton said the Orleans Levee District thought it owned the beach before Hurricane Katrina.
Heaton said there was $6 million in secured state funds by NFPAMA before Katrina to clean-up environmental issues at Lincoln Beach.
“That was $6 million that we got out of capital outlay,” Heaton said. This investment helped fix “big ticket” issues and electrical problems at the site.
“It is ready to be developed, Heaton said. “I did want to bring up, they may need a very miniscule environmental assessment.”
Heaton advised that the upcoming proposal state interest in NFPAMA obtaining parking for Lincoln Beach as well.
“Financially, the development won’t work without parking. If you want to entertain it, I would strongly urge that you add parking, too, because otherwise, it’s not economically feasible.”
The NFPAMA board passed a separate motion at the board meeting to authorize the request for proposals of commercial development of the North Peninsula. The NFPAMA’s next commercial real estate committee meeting takes place Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Lake Vista Community Center, located on 6500 Spanish Fort Boulevard.