Government & Politics

Council to consider booze issues, begging

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff writer |

Few documents feature an array like this: T-shirts, Dollar General signs, aggressive pan-handlers, artists, alcohol and the aged.

But each has a place on tomorrow’s New Orleans City Council agenda. Download the pdf here.

A quick look at things up for discussion at tomorrow’s meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. and will end by 1 p.m. so members can attend the funeral of former Archbishop Philip Hannan.

*Monkey Hill bar on Magazine Street is looking for permission to expand, after the fact. An earlier City Planning Commission meeting ended in no legal majority. Translation: They couldn’t agree on a recommendation to the council. The bar/restaurant had an overzealous builder, a representative for the restaurant claimed, and they ended up with more square footage than they requested. They’re now are looking for permission to do what they have already done.

*Dollar General is asking to GO BIG with their sign at the Chef Menteur Highway location. Officials are requesting an appeal of sign guidelines.

* Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer is introducing an ordinance to amend “Offenses Affecting the Public Generally” – the law that penalizes aggressive panhandlers.

* The council also may consider asking the mayor to present a policy for how the city doles out money through its Urban Development Action Grant. The grants process has in the past drawn much criticism. However, this matter has been on the agenda for several meetings, so it may continue to hang fire.

*The Poydras Home is looking to expand on its original site on Magazine Street.

*CVS under construction on Napoleon Avenue at Claiborne Avenue wants permission to sell alcohol, which may be premature. Work on the site has been stalled for weeks.

*Another interesting item is the Cultural Residency Accommodations, which allows buildings located within a local historic district to use detached buildings as a place for overnight stays for “in residence practitioners.”

For updates on these items and more, follow me on Twitter: @gadboislensnola starting at 10 a.m.

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