Youth Rebuilding New Orleans conducted the formal neighborhood participation meeting regarding their interest in regaining a non-conforming use of an old corner store at 2801 St. Ann St.
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, the non-profit owner of the property, is interesting in rehabilitating the property and seeking a B1a zoning designation so the property can serve in some commercial capacity beneficial to the neighborhood.
The current plan is to renovate the space with apartments in the rear and a 400 square foot commercial space at ground level in the front. Several business types have been discussed with a coffee shop being among the most requested by initial surveying.
Folks learned more about the project at 2801 St. Ann on Saturday, October 10th at 11:30 am Plans and the initial letter are below:
Youth Rebuilding is a non-profit rebuilding organization that has been in operation since 2006.
Their mission is to engage local youth in the greater recovery of the city of greater New Orleans. The organizational model includes purchasing blighted properties damaged by Hurricane Katrina, renovating them using youth staff and volunteers, and selling the properties at a reduced rate to local educators.
Last year, Youth Rebuilding purchased 5 properties in Faubourg St. John. The former corner store at 2801 St. Ann, a residential property at 2753 St. Ann, a carriage house at 2751 St. Ann, and a double lot at 2754 and 2760 St. Ann. All of the properties, with the exception of 2801 St. Ann, will be renovated and sold at a discounted rate to local teachers and educators.
Youth Rebuilding would like to renovate 2801 St. Ann and retain its commercial zoning.
A meeting was held on October 10, 2015 at 2801 St. Ann to seek input from neighbors on uses for the building.