New Orleans City Council approves Holy Cross development

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A plan backed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu that would allow a residential and commercial development in Holy Cross was approved by the New Orleans City Council this afternoon. Despite opposition from throughout the city, particularly in Holy Cross and surrounding neighborhoods, the city council passed the zoning change for the former Holy Cross school campus with a 5-1 vote among the six council members present. The sole opposition came from At-Large councilman Jason Williams, while District B councilwoman LaToya Cantrell was absent (she's in Aspen, Colorado, thought she left a letter in support of the project).

In the newly inaugurated council's first meeting, dozens of people filled the council chambers inside City Hall, as well as picketed the front doors, with signs opposing the two 60-foot high buildings, greater than what's currently allowed in that zoning. The initial proposal called for a 135-foot building, later lowered to a 75-foot building then a 60-foot development, for a mixed-use residential and commercial property from Perez PAC. Opponents, who feel left out of the discussion, fear the development would tower above the historic neighborhood and undermine residences there.

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