Will $27.5 million New Orleans East senior housing project be allowed?

The City Planning Commission will consider Tuesday (May 10) whether a 14-story tower in New Orleans East used for senior housing before Hurricane Katrina should be turned back into senior housing again in a $27.5 million renovation. Even though a developer is proposing the same use for the vacant building as before the storm, the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance switched the property into a commercial use-only zone. City planners are recommending the commission reject the developer’s request for a zoning change because it violates the city’s Master Plan vision for the area.