I have been following the administrative adjudication process for many of our blighted and abandoned properties here in New Orleans, on March 31 2009 the property at 1600 S. Claiborne owned by FRIW CHKN LLC. was on the docket.

1600 S Claiborne

This property is located at the corner of Claiborne and Martin Luther King and was a Church’s before the flood. On April 28, 2009 their representative Justin Schmidt appeared before the BZA requesting a conditional use to allow a fast food restaurant at that location.

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So it comes as a surprise to see this property on the “Code Enforcement demolition”:http://blog.prcno.org/proposed-demolitions-neighborhood-conservation-district-committee-august-17-2009-agenda/ agenda.

These demolitions which are funded by “CBDG”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Development_Block_Grant funding have been making their way on to the agenda, this isn’t the only property scheduled for demolition review that also has a building permit. Once again it makes you wonder how these City agencies communicate with each other.

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...