New Orleans East – 2009

In celebration of NOELA Services’ 10 year anniversary, articles from previous editions of the NOELA Newsletter will be reintroduced. This week’s focus is on the year 2009.

    • Jazz Fest tickets were $60.
    • Nickelodeon showed interest in developing the former Six Flags site, and Big League Dreams also showed interest in the site as a sports complex.
    • Textron Marine gained contracts to build Armored Knight vehicles for the US Army and armored craft for the Colombian Army.
    • Then-US Senator Mary Landrieu secured $1 million for a hospital in New Orleans East.

  • Audubon Nature Institute organized a major tree planting and reforestation initiative.
  • Renaissance Marketplace sponsored a monthly arts, crafts and food market.
  • Lake Bullard presented the 3rd Annual Christmas in the East event with help from local leaders and businesses. The event featured carriage rides, caroling and food.
  • Congressman Joseph CAO secured $1 million for a New Orleans East hospital.
  • Liberty Bank acquired Home Federal Savings Bank of Detroit.
  • Domino’s Pizza announced plans to open a Chef Menteur Highway location.
  • Dollar General Stores announced more sites in the East.
  • Construction started on New Orleans East Library.
  • Jazz City Java Coffeehouse held Open Mic nights on the 2nd Friday of the month.
  • Candidates for City Council District E were Austin Badon, Jon Johnson, Leonard Lucas, Cyndi Nguyen, Alicia Plummer and Jerrelda Drummer-Sanders.
  • Lake Forest Elementary Charter School received the National Title I Distinguished School designation and  4 Star School.
  • Baskin-Robbins opened.
  • Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church resumed services in the New Orleans East location.
  • Residents supported the Fourth Weekend initiative to support New Orleans East businesses.
  • Then-State Senator Ann Duplessis confirmed Wal-Mart interest in coming to the former Plaza site.
  • A local businessman and Gretna resident was fined $40,000 for dumping in New Orleans East.
  • The Fast Forward Mainstreet organization was recognized by the City Council for supporting small businesses in New Orleans East
  • Design Development plan was released for Fannie C Williams School.
  • A local effort of the national Project 3/50 to encourage residents to choose 3 businesses in the area and spend at least $50 total at these businesses was introduced.
  • Power outages were common in the area.
  • Troy Henry ran for Mayor.
  • Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was closed to protect the Industrial Canal from storm surge.
  • Lockheed Martin completed its 130th external fuel tank for the space shuttle program.
  • Building started on the Village de Jardin, the former Gaslight apartments.
  • Franklin Avenue Baptist Church announced that it will move to New Orleans East.
  • Taco Bell and KFC opened to long lines of cars along Bullard.
  • Developers Cesar Burgos and Ashton Ryan received approval from the City Council for a 2% City sales tax to fund redevelopment of the former Lake Forest Mall and open it as New Orleans East Marketplace.
  • Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank opened.
  • Sun Energy considered building a plasma arc gasification plant in New Orleans East.  It was opposed by residents.
  • Then-NOPD Superintendent Warren Riley suggested that New Orleans East and Lower Ninth Ward get their own police districts.
  • Residents considered seceding New Orleans East, to become a city much like Miami Gardens, FL or Prince George’s County, MD.
  • Southern Star Amusement applied for $100 million in bonds for the purchase of the former Six Flags Site.
  • DEQ announced a crackdown on illegal dumping and arrested a Kenner waste hauler for causing more than $50,000 in criminal damage to property.
  • Fort Pike reopened.
  • More than $12 million in improvements was announced for Joe Brown Park.
  • Lakefront Airport officials announced plans to begin an $8 million renovation.
  • Kurt Pellerin’s Regency Reception Hall opened.

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