We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
Let\'s make sure our elected and appointed officials move forward on the Lincoln Beach Proposal announced in CityBusiness March 19, 2007.
After Hurricane Katrina local businessmen and life long New Orleans East residents\' set out to seek/create interest in the rebuilding and revitalization of New Orleans unique and diverse culture. The results of their efforts have covered all bases; from private financing and urban planning to multi-generational entertainment and cultural preservation. The developer has also submitted a detailed proposal to New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC) identifying these results in effort to secure the Lincoln Beach property. NOBC is a public benefit corporation that was incorporated for the purpose of overseeing and promoting properties owned by the City of New Orleans. By the authority of Sean Cummings, Director of NOBC, the process to move forward has been stalled.
This is most disturbing because private investors have already committed 100% of the nearly $500M total cost of the proposed Lincoln Beach project and believe that in order to create a \'new\' New Orleans the market must be created too. While the developer believes that the market must be created to some aspects of the proposed project, they are confident that the project compliments the local population and will not tear at the fiber of the community existence. This development will not only allow the local community and the surrounding areas free public access to the waterfront, but to all its amenities.
We must make a stand against this ridiculous delay and our leadership\'s hands off approach. They have obviously stalled what arguably can be the most significant development in the City\'s 289 year history.
The proposed project is to bring more than 1600 construction jobs, 700 permanent jobs and generate millions of dollars in annual tax revenues.
The Lincoln Beach parcel will be developed with a mix of high density uses and open public spaces. The eastern and southeastern edges of the site will be defined by a 14 and an 11 story residential towers including 214 lofts placed above two-stories of parking. Anchoring the southwestern end of the condominium towers will be an entertainment complex housing a Performance Hall and Institute for the Arts. Between the Residential Towers and Entertainment Complex and the Lake is an expanse of open public spaces including a Plaza of Cultures, Children\'s Music Park and public beach.
After crossing over Hayne and the rail line the Bridge transitions into commercial space and turns westerly to run along Hayne, past a 300 room Hotel looking out to Lake Pontchartrain. The Commercial/Retail then turns to extend up along the westernmost edge of the site and then extends out over the lake. The Commercial/Retail element along Hayne and up the western edge of the site, along with the Hotel and the Hotel Banquet Rooms, are developed over two levels of parking. Additional retail terraces up from the public spaces towards the Hotel. Between the Hotel and the Lake are an extensive public picnic area and an Amusement Park.
Tell the District E City Council that you want progress NOW!
Honorable Cynthia Willard-Lewis
City Hall, Room 2W60
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1050
Fax: (504) 658-1058
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The New Reconstruction Civil Rights Coalition
U.S. Human Rights Network
New Orleans East
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