The street, recently reopened to traffic at one end, will remain two-way.
Newcomb will be open to traffic, though a proposal is pending to make it one-way.
Safety concerns are cited as long-simmering neighborhood feud appears to be entering its final rounds.
Residents want to buy the street so they can keep up a fence blocking one end.
Homeowners want to buy street from city, in part so they can keep illegal fence.
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.
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 city now says the street must be converted to one-way before it is removed.
The ruling ends a years-long battle over the illegal closure of an Uptown street.
A drawn-out battle over the right to gate a public street reached a milestone Tuesday when a Civil Court judge ruled in favor of keeping Newcomb Boulevard open. Residents of Newcomb Boulevard, a ritzy Uptown neighborhood parallel to even ritzier Audubon Place, in 2006 got the go-ahead from the city’s Department of Public Works to block the Freret Street end of the block that runs to St.