P J’s Coffee brings its special brew to the East

Stephanie Chambliss and Elwood McCoy

In May 2019, New Orleans East gained a business whose return its residents had collectively awaited for years — a neighborhood coffee shop. The call for this business was answered by New Orleans East residents Stephanie Chambliss and Elwood McCoy. 

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Developer shares plans for Jazzland Resort development

Property would replace former Six Flags theme park

 

TPC-NOLA, Inc. has presented on several occasions a comprehensive plan for developing the Jazzland Resort, which would be built on 224 acres at the former Jazzland/Six Flags park and surrounding land. The vision for the resort would include the Jazzland Theme Park, Baritone Beach Waterpark, and mixed-use retail/dining/entertainment similar to that found in Downtown Disneyworld or Perkins Row in Baton Rouge. Included in the plans would be a hotel with a Wedding Pavilion, Day Spa and other commercial development.

The Jazzland Theme Park would integrate art and music education into familiar themes from the state of Louisiana, such as the French Quarter, Sportsman’s Paradise, the Beach and the Bayou. Developers have committed to actively engaging locally owned businesses for construction, operations, restaurants and print services, and locally produced goods and foods. They also have plans to involve local youth organizations for training.

Although there are several theme parks in the Southern region of the United States, the closest is a Six Flags site 469 miles away in Atlanta, Georgia. Others are a Six Flags site in Dallas, Texas (505 miles), a Six Flags site in San Antonio, Texas (543 miles), DollyWood in Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee (633 miles) and Disney World in Orlando, Florida (642 miles).

A community meeting, previously scheduled for July 17, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm.to discuss plans for the Six Flags Site, was canceled due to Hurricane Barry. Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen will provide additional information on the new date for the meeting.

To request a copy of the study related to the site, email Monica.Rainey@nola.gov or visit Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen’s Facebook page.

Results of Six Flags Land Use Survey

In response to recent reports that the City of New Orleans has plans to demolish the former Six Flags Amusement Park within the boundaries of I-10, I-510, Lake Forest Boulevard and Michoud Boulevard, NOELA Newsletter readers were asked to share in a brief survey their thoughts about the best use of the site, which has sat vacant for over 10 years.

Of the 389 respondents to the survey, only 13.7% are residents of New Orleans East, and  11.9% are former residents of the East.

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Six Flags Land Use Survey: Reasons to demolish the site

  • The former Six Flags New Orleans has spent the past decade and a half rotting away. I fail to see any way it could continue to be used as an amusement park unless the entire area was razed and redeveloped from scratch.
  • I believe demolishing would be okay if it is updated and a new amusement park be established. I have many fond memories of Jazzland/Six Flags when I was young. Some of my best childhood memories were at the amusement park.
  • Place for druggies and bad people to sneak in an use.
  • It needs to be rebuilt as another park
  • The site is least likely to recover with each day passing.

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Six Flags Land Use Survey: Reasons NOT to demolish the site

  • I am opposed to demolition. There has not been any community engagement about the site the redevelopment of the site. I have positive memories about six flags.
  • I would prefer they rebuild on the site. If they must demolish then have a plan and get something built there ASAP. They need to quit procrastinating. Make a decision and go with it full speed.
  • We need something for families to do
  • The infrastructure of Jazzland is still in useable condition. It would be a great opportunity to allow someone to come in and rebuild Jazzland. It would be a great opportunity for the tourism industry.
  • i went to the park as a child. an always loved it i have a child of my own an loved to get season passes an be able to take him let him enjoy it like i did
  • I live in near by St Bernard Parish.. I feel like they have NOTHING FOR CHILDREN TO DO AROUND HERE

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