The owner of this property has been aggressively trying to demolish this property. Under his current “Emergency Order” the owner went in, applied for and now has a permit to demolish.

The owner, Freret Hardware has found a way to game the system and it seems that the City is going to continue to encourage it. While the City has been pieced back together with the efforts of the citizens the Mayor again willfully ignores these efforts.

Meanwhile the building comes down and another parking lot blossoms…

UPDATE I have received word that the permit will be rescinded. Let’s keep an eye on this..

Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led...