Jimmy Anselmo has gone before the New Orleans City Planning Commission, the New Orleans City Council and other city agencies for a year to reopen Jimmy's, the longtime Carrollton-area music venue. Anselmo had to win over both the neighborhood and city officials, promising the venue would not operate like its former tenant The Frat House, which closed amid investigations of underage drinking and other violations.
On Aug. 8, the City Council approved Anselmo's appeal to remove the moratorium that prevented him from acquiring an alcoholic beverage permit — but not before District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry added 17 conditions, or provisos, to the approval. The provisos include limiting sound so it cannot be heard more than 50 feet from the club's door; hiring a professional sound engineer to install the venue's sound plan; cutting off music at 2 a.m.; making performers sign a contract that they won't advertise with flyers on public property; enforcing a litter abatement program; hiring security guards who must carry cellphones so neighbors can call with complaints; responding to complaints within 10 days; and signing a good-neighbor agreement before any permits are approved.
The measure passed 7-0.
Council members also passed an ordinance creating the St. Claude Avenue Arts and Cultural District, which creates an zoning overlay on properties facing St. Claude Avenue from Press Street to Poland Avenue. The measure, which extends the arts overlay from Elysian Fields Avenue to Poland, will allow for more live entertainment venues, restaurants, art galleries and other businesses. The City Planning Commission did not fully recommend its passage, citing concerns about traffic and that neighborhood groups didn't have enough notice to submit comments. The council passed the measure 7-0. — Alex Woodward