Friday, February 12, 2010

NOLA Tree House: Treme Civic Association's Side of the Story

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Ever since the news broke that the Art House residents would be evicted today, there has been little to no official comment from the City or the Treme Civic Association. That is, until now. As I mentioned before, Red Cotton brought up legitimate concerns that are being raised about the Art House by Treme residents.

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Michele Braden, president of the Esplanade Ridge/Treme Civic Association took the time to address all the of the concerns that have been brought up about the tree house. I've attached the entirety of the e-mail after the jump, but for all you people with short attention spans, here are some of the highlights:

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  • Permits, permits, permits: More specifically, the tree house's lack there of. Braden says that she met with Paul May in the city permits' office and was told that no permit applications were filed. This isn't good for the tree house. Neither is this quote from Braden: "Mr. May [said] no permits had been issued and he was aware of health violations and problems with fire regulations. He also said that he had information concerning a number of people using that as a residence far in excess of what was allowed"
  • Trash and disturbances: According to Braden, there have been many complaints about the tree house parties emitting too much noise on the weekends and the amount of trash in and around 1614 Esplanade Ave. and the neutral ground.
  • The tree house itself: Apparently neighborhood residents have been complaining about the structure itself and the state of it (not to mention the actual house the residents live in). "Complaints were also expressed about the structure which they we calling a "slide"

    in the side yard that was very visible from the street.

Mr. de los Rios,

The property at 1614 Esplanade is zoned as residential. A group of individuals were allowed by the owner

to take it over for an art house. The property is in need of serious repair and there was a downed tree of some size in the side yard that had been ignored for some time. The first rather conspicuous violation

of the HDLC rules was the address on the building that was totally not in keeping with the scale or design

of the building.The neighborhood organization was not happy with this but felt in time they would be cited by

the HDLC and be required to change it. And then the complaints started to come in concerning music being

played until all hours on the weekends. Additionally there were complaints about trash on the street and in

the neutral ground. Complaints were also expressed about the structure which they we calling a "slide"

in the side yard that was very visible from the street.

After attending the NONPAC meeting at the 1st district police station which in large part opened up the

problems that they had been handling because of calls to them about noise ,I decided to visit Paul May's

office to see what permits had been issued. According to Mr. May no permits had been issued and he was

aware of health violations and problems with fire regulations. He also said that he had information concerning

a number of people using that as a residence far in excess of what was allowed. I also met with Elliot

Perkins,HDLC, but he felt he was not in a position to act as yet.Mary Cunningham of Councilman James

Carter's office was ask to coordinate the effort by Mr.May's office. Ms. Cunningham proceeded to turn all

reports over to Eraka Williams,Asst. City Attor. I spoke with Ms. Williams who instructed me to have the

membership send all specific incidents to her office to allow her to prepare the suit against the art house.

Sir it is very hard to live in this city. Esplanade Ridge has been struggling for sometime to improve the living conditions in the area. We are trying with the help of some very courageous people to stick it out .Our new

mayor bring us great hope for serious investors.

They were operating illegally and with no regard for the neighbors surrounding them. The police department

as well deserves some consideration. They cannot afford to send men out over and over because of the complaints.All they need to do is get legal and respect their neighbors. I cannot take credit. I think a lot

of people were fed up!

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