In 2008, the Old Algiers Cultural District was designated by the
State of Louisiana. The OAMSC application was the top-rated application
among the 17 the City of New Orleans submitted. The area surrounding
Newton and Teche now have an opportunity for redevelopment as a
cultural district, which will play to the area's strengths of jazz
history and creative commerce. Old Algiers Main Street Corporation
hopes to develop shops that sell one-of-a-kind arts and products,
which are exempt from sales tax within a State Cultural District,
and restore affordable housing for artists and other creative ecomony
workers, such as musicians, producers, and various back-of-house
However, the primary benefit is that any rehabilitation projects
within the district is eligible for state historic tax credits,
even if the property is not within an historic district.
To further enhance commerce in the area, OAMSC is working with the City Planning Commission to include an Arts and Cultural Corridor overlay in the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, which will allow for arts and entertainment that may or not be allowed in current zoning designations. And the organization is also planning an application to the USDOT. for Transportation Alternative funds for streetscape improvements along Newton and Teche streets. The plan will include bike lanes, landscaping, bus shelters, lighting and more.
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