The City of New Orleans agreed to allow development of four miles of riverfront property that the city currently owns.
This is a great move and long overdue.
The agreement calls for the city and Port to share revenues generated by development. All proceeds from nonmaritime uses will be split between the city and the Port, 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
For anyone familiar with the city, the Mississippi River can only be easily viewed from a few locations:
- Woldenberg Park
- Riverwalk Mall (still closed due to extensive looting and damage)
- Audubon Zoo
- Algiers Point (which affords the best view of the CBD and Vieux Carre')
- Public access to the riverfront
- Height restrictions imposed to prevent "walling-off" the rest of the city from the river.
"We want to make sure they're no turf wars," Cummings said, adding that building hieght concerns will be addressed by CPC.
Chapman said height of buildings will be a major concern for areas such as Bywater.
Now if only Jefferson Parish will follow their lead.