Properties on Notice

March 20th, 2007 by Editor B

According to a story in the Times-Picayune:

New Orleans officials Monday said they have started handing out notices to owners of any property deemed to be an “imminent health threat,” giving them 30 business days to clean up the sites before the city sends in crews to demolish or gut delinquent buildings.

Someone sent me a listing of some properties in a couple of Excel files. I took the addresses in one file and threw them up on a map.

If you click on a dot you’ll get more info — much of which is inscrutable, but some of which makes sense, like if the property is targeted for gutting or demolition.

For what it’s worth, I believe it’s long past time the city moved to doing something about hazardous properties. Buildings that are in imminent danger of collapse should be torn down. But at the same time, I’m so used to the city bungling things that I think we have to keep a close eye on this process. I hope this helps.

Please note: The file I used listed only 186 addresses, though the article cites 267 properties. I don’t know how to explain the disparity. This map should not be considered exhaustive or authoritative.

Update: Here’s a map which lists the 20 properties in my zip code (70119) — most of which were not included in the previous map.

6 Responses to “Properties on Notice”

  1. GentillyGirl Says:

    Interesting list, but the blocks along St. Bernard Ave/ N. Claiborne are sadly lacking in red dots. There are six buildings in one block just noth of thyat intersection that are already collapsing towards the street. Should’ve been demolished years ago.

    You are right B: the city will probably screw this program up too.

  2. Karen Says:

    gisweb.cityofno.com/cnogis/

    It would be great of there was a one stop web site. You could see what the status was on each property. As I looked at this list I saw some that are not in imminent danger.

  3. HammHawk Says:

    Man, yet another thing to be ambivalent about. Part of me wants to think that they’re sticking to the people, but dammit, I’m sick of deterioration for no reason. Gotta move on sometime, but it’s hard to trust the system to be fair.

  4. mominem Says:

    Looks like mos of the targeted properties are in the immediate area of the Industrial Canal Breach.

  5. Wonderland Says:

    At 5337 St. Claude Ave., between Egania and Andry on the lake side of the street, there is a blighted apartment complex. Actually, blighted does not begin to describe this place. The exterior walls are non-existent and it is a crumbling, ugly, wide-open, dangerous mess. I stopped to look for the exact address yesterday so that I could report it to the city, and guess who owns this heap? HANO. Yep. What’s more, the property was an abandoned, decomposing crack-haven pre-K. Now it’s worse. When I see children standing on St. Claude waiting for the school bus in the morning, it breaks my heart that they should have to wait anywhere near this place. If the city wants to demolish privately owned properties that qualify as imminent health threats, it could at the very least do the same with properties owned by one of its agencies.

  6. Puddinhead Says:

    Wonderland, I know exactly the property on St. Claude you’re talking about…and you’re actually downplaying how bad it is. And it’s been that way for years. I work down in Chalmette, so I’ve passed it almost daily for a long time, and I would venture to guess that it’s been at least 7 or 8 years since I can remember people living there…possibly longer. And it was only minimally better than it is now (well, I guess it didn’t have as many missing sections of wall then).

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