In the summer of 2013, the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association approached the Tulane City Center to bring together various community groups in the formation of the L9 Vision Coalition (L9VC). The group was formed to create community-driven development plans for the former Holy Cross School site, which is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the city and is likely to have a major impact on the entire Lower Ninth Ward. Using comprehensive outreach including five public meetings in two months, the L9VC and TCC worked to create three planning schemes representing the wishes of the whole neighborhood, providing urban design, preservation, development financing, and landscape design expertise to ensure realistic and financially feasible plans.
By providing this support, TCC enabled neighborhood leaders to promote their community vision for the site and worked with the current developer to ensure that community needs were considered. The planning process and capacity building led by the TCC team will enable the community to confront development challenges as their community grows.
Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Elizabeth Mossop of Spackman Mossop Michaels
Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions
The New Orleans Advocate