Tax official takes issue with comparison done by The Lens, says he will create policy for private streets.
But no site has been found, and an August deadline chokes off funding if construction hasn't begun by then.
The street is valued at less than $3 per square foot, compared to $14 for Trianon Plaza, a private street in Fountainbleau. The difference is more dramatic when you factor in the difference in property values along those streets. If Audubon Place were valued at a similar rate, the street would be valued at $8.85 million, not $500,000 as it's now assessed.
Disgraced former City Councilman Jon Johnson plans a return to the Council Chambers Thursday, though from the other side of the dais as he begs for special after-the-fact permission from his former colleagues to build a three-plex.
One member of the public objected, saying neighbors had just learned about the project. An engineering firm representative said project leaders would revise the site plan based on their input.
Rosa Park, Dunleith Court and Richmond Place are posted with “private street” signs. But the properties aren’t taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams says something has to change: They may be public if the city has maintained them, or someone will have to start paying taxes.
The previous plan, to put the pharmacy on St. Claude Avenue in Marigny, drew fierce neighborhood opposition.
The city's administrative hearings, in which owners appear to answer charges of improper zoning or permitting, will take a look at a Mid-City tree house (at left), and a nagging piece of blighted property near the St. Roch Market.
The chairman of the nonprofit that owns the building said the financing wasn’t solid.
Ability to close quickly on the building and finance longer-term makeover called key to winning bid.