A coffee shop and bakery to be called The Station received unanimous approval from the New Orleans City Council members last week to open at 4400 Bienville St. The site at 4400 Bienville St. consists of two historic structures developed prior to World War II and formerly used as a gas station and accessory garage, according to the New Orleans City Planning Commission staff report.
Mid-City couple Megan and Jonathan Walker plan to operate the business.
"We live a few blocks away and believe that we can improve our neighborhood by renovating this beautiful historic building and bringing fresh coffee and freshly baked goods to our neighbors," Megan Walker said.
According to the staff report, the coffee shop will also include an outdoor seating area, and the accessory garage will be used to prepare baked goods on site.
Nearby neighbor Michael Yurel spoke in support of the project and, saying the site has been an eyesore for a long time and adding to recently developed businesses in the area.
"I think there has been a lot of development near by that's a lot of chain sort of businesses and I feel like a locally owned business will be a good balance," Yurel said.
Councilwoman Susan Guidry voiced her support of the project and said that many people, including her husband, are excited about the new neighborhood addition.
"It's very exciting; an abandoned gas station that's been just an abandoned property for a long, long time," Guidry said.
Guidry noted the project is near the Lafitte Greenway by North Alexander Street and said that the development will provide residents with things they will "really love."
According to Walker's letter to neighbors included in the project application, the couple plans to start construction within a month and estimates the work will take four to six months.