City Council approves redevelopment of former Lake Terrace Shopping Center
City Council unanimously approved the redevelopment of the former Lake Terrace Shopping Center on the corner of Paris Avenue and Robert E. Lee Boulevard on Nov. 3. The proposal for the property included an Ochsner medical office, as well as a coffee shop and bank, both with a drive-thru.
The City Planning Commission (CPC) originally approved the redevelopment under a conditional use to permit drive-thru facilities to both the bank and coffee shop, but City Council decided to let the property move forward without the coffee shop’s drive-thru after the CPC ultimately recommended that the proposed drive-thru lane would be inappropriate.
District D Councilmember Jared Brossett was pleased to announce that the property is ready to move forward, after the site had been blighted and vacant for 10 years. The former blighted property located on 1532 Robert E. Lee Boulevard was demolished in March.
“Returning the former lake terrace shopping center to commerce has been a priority of mine in the neighborhood,” Brossett said. “For the last two years I’ve worked with stakeholders to force the redevelopment of this commercial property.”
Councilmember-at-Large Jason Roger Williams praised Brossett for his persistence in keeping his word to the community.
“I just want to applaud you for keeping your promise and going beyond that to make sure that it is developed in a healthy way,” Williams said.
Brossett said he can’t wait for the groundbreaking and to see the finished product for the residents of Gentilly.
Chip Verges, architect for the project, came to the hearing in support and said that he was also pleased to see the property move forward, as the only real change after meeting with neighbors was placing an exit on Hamburg Street.
“It will be a great asset to the neighborhood,” Verges said.