Saturday, October 25, 2008

Redevelopment of Copeland's on St. Charles - About time!

Dear District B Constituent,

Recently, CM Head was approached regarding the re-development of the Old Copeland’s restaurant located at 4338 St. Charles (corner of St. Charles and Napoleon). The developers currently own Superior Grill on Saint Charles and are interested in opening an upscale/ family seafood restaurant. Attached are artist renderings that depict the proposed facade. Notably, the plans require the leasing of 3 ½ feet of city sidewalk space (the sidewalk measures approximately 12 ½ feet) for occasional outdoor seating. We are not aware of any necessary zoning variances or waivers.

We would appreciate community input regarding the redevelopment. Accordingly, next Wednesday the developers, Gabe Garza and Joe Friend, will be available to discuss their proposed plans and answer any questions. This meeting will take place:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
6:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart’s Mater Library

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone who may be interested and I hope to see you all next week.

Theresa R. Becher, J.D.
Legislative Aide
District "B"


Cait said...

Are they planning to annihiliate Fat Harry's? Because that mock up looks like it consumes much of the block...

NOLA Cleophatra said...

I wondered that myself. Why, would it break your heart if they did? ;-)

I think they just didn't include it in the rendering.

boathead said...

You are right about it consuming most of the block. Their intent is to bring the structure all the way out, past the line where the awning is currently. If you have ever passed through this area during any Mardi Gras parade you can imagine what an outrageous choke point this is going to become. Not only that, but they are planning 215 seats in the place, with 6 non-conforming parking spaces to be shared by those 215 patrons.

While getting this corner back on track is a great plan, this particular plan is exploitive, non-conforming and need to be revised.