OAMSC is an established 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit that has demonstrated capacity to institute a long-term revitalization and community capacity building program. The OAMSC oversees the revitalization of an approximately a two-square-mile area. Founded in 1996, OAMSC was established by a diverse group of neighborhood leaders, inclusive of the entire community. Incorporated in the State of Louisiana and utilizing guidelines outlined by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as its foundation, OAMSC endeavors to rejuvenate a once vibrant business presence within the neighborhoods comprising Old Algiers. Through community visioning workshops and group focus sessions, the need was identified to return vacant buildings into viable businesses that provide needed services for the community and improve quality of life for its residents. Operated solely by volunteers, OAMSC receives a broad base of support through membership, corporate sponsors and elected officials.
Currently, the organization’s primary focus is the area around the Newton/Teche corridors. With the connection to the Federal City and proposed riverfront development, and substantial inventory of building stock ready for rehabilitation, this area is poised to become a vital economic corridor. The recent designation as an Urban Main Street program and a Cultural Products District will enhance the opportunities in the area.
The overall goal of OAMSC is to build business capacity and enhance the quality of life for Old Algiers’ residents. The program seeks to stimulate community reinvestment by promoting the rich culture, educating youth, growing small businesses, creating jobs, attracting new residents through commercial and residential rehabilitation, and by growing the local tax base. All of these initiatives will help make the Old Algiers community one of the best neighborhoods to live, work and operate a small business in the City of New Orleans.
OAMSC addresses the issues of historic preservation and commercial revitalization, which entails land use issues, code violations and dealing with blighted and adjudicated property. The organization also works to enhance the awareness of the cultural assets the area possesses.
OAMSC worked with the Regional Planning Commission, Department of Public Works and elected officials to provide additional streetscape improvements along Newton Street. The Paths to Progress project included concrete paving, sidewalk improvements, bike lanes, new lights and landscaping.
Newton Street Sign
A new sign was erected at the corner of L.B. Landry and Newton Street to highlight the revitalization initiatives along Newton Street.
Bright Lights in Old Algiers
Each holiday season, OAMSC sponsors a lighting contest for Old Algiers businesses. OAMSC donates lights to the participating businesses. The 2014 winner was Crescent Towing.
Walking with a Purpose
Weekly neighborhood walks allow residents to envision the area in a new way while enjoying healthful exercise. The walks are part of a program funded by a grant from the City of New Orleans Neighborhood Capacity Building Initiative. For information about the walks, email email@example.com.
Cultural District Liaison
OAMSC applied for Cultural District Status in 2008 and serves as the liaison to the State of Louisiana for the Cultural District. A report is filed each year to document the status of properties and cultural activities within the designated area.
OAMSC has worked cooperatively with Friends of the Ferry, the Algiers Point Association and the Algiers Riverview Association, along with elected officials, to support ferry service from Algiers to Canal Street. The board recognizes the importance of ferry service to local businesses and to residents who use the service as their primary mode of transportation.
2018 Board of Directors
Karri Maggio, President
Valerie Robinson, Vice President
Jeremy Buffington, Treasurer
Valerie Miller, Secretary
Committees are aligned with the National Main Street Four-Point Approach and include Economic Development, Design, Promotion and Membership. Non-board members are welcome to become committee members.
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