A NEIGHBORHOOD CALL TO
An Outrageous Proposal for a
Zoning Change To Build Short Street Condos
January 5, 2004
Dear friends and neighbors,
A developer, Jim MacPhaille, has again proposed to build
an enormous high-rise condominium building on the square bordered by Short
Street, Pearl Street, Huso Street, and Leake Avenue. The current zoning
is RD-2, Residential two-family, with a height limit of 40 feet. The developer
is proposing to change the zoning to RM-3, Multiple-family zoning, with
a "Residential Planned Community" overlay to allow the construction
of this enormous 14-story building.
The developer is proposing to construct "a fourteen
level residential condominium building with ten floors of residential
units, and four floors of parking." The proposed building height
is 142 feet. It will have 67 residential units and 142 parking spaces.
This building will tower more than 100 feet above any other house and
be more than eight times as massive as any other home in our RD-2 residentially-zoned
In 2001, this same developer proposed a 16-story building
on this same spot. At that time our Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association
strongly opposed his plan and appraised our City Councilman, Scott Shea,
of our opposition. Mr. MacPhaille subsequently withdrew his proposal.
He has now resurrected this previously failed proposal and is requesting
a zoning change to accomplish his plan.
If one developer is allowed to change the zoning of a quiet
residential neighborhood in order to make a profit, then truly no neighborhood
in the Uptown/Carrollton/Audubon area will ever be safe again. If this
monster building gets built at this site, there will be a feeding frenzy
all along Leake Avenue, with developers tripping all over themselves to
see who can build the biggest and tallest condominium buildings. Anyone
who can get a few lots together will become the next neighborhood threat
up and down Leake Avenue and elsewhere. This will be a nail in the coffin
of our neighborhoods and will certainly wall off Leake Avenue and the
Our neighborhood is in crisis. This Short Street Condo
project is only two blocks away from the proposed Dublin Street Condo
project, only three blocks away from Maple Street, and only one block
away from the historic intersection of St. Charles Avenue and Carrollton
Avenue in the Riverbend. This property is a strategically important location
for Uptown New Orleans.
We welcome your active participation. This Short Street
Condo project is scheduled to come before the City Planning Commission
on January 27, 2004. Plan now to make your voice heard. This is an assault
on our peaceful, historic neighborhoods and on our quality of life.
Sheldon Hersh, MD
Committee to Save Leake Avenue
Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association
On January 27, 2004 the City Planning Commission voted
to defer this matter until their March 9, 2004 meeting.