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Old 01-09-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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Why is it that everytime a highrise building is proposed in the city there is always a problem with the height? For example, 1031 Canal, Tracage, Vantage etc. I'm thinking that if Trump was still on the table there would be pressure to from people to lower it. Are we afraid that our character, charm and culture will be affected? I dont think so. New Orleans is UNIQUE and I know that we could pull it off. I truly believe that new modern highrise would fit in well with our historic buildings and neighborhoods we have already, I personally think it would make our ALREADY BEAUTIFUL CITY even more BEAUTIFUL . Other historic cities do it all the time for example New York, San Francisco, Boston etc. Tell me what yall think.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I can't quite remember what Vantage was?

Tracage was approved today. What's silly is that it was originally a 40-story building but they cut it down to 16... if you live in a 6 story condo building next to it, you can't see over 16 stories any better than 40.

1031 Canal- I'll believe it when I see it. The Kailas family has a long history of grand plans that never come to fruition.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Why is it that everytime a highrise building is proposed in the city there is always a problem with the height? For example, 1031 Canal, Tracage, Vantage etc. I'm thinking that if Trump was still on the table there would be pressure to from people to lower it. Are we afraid that our character, charm and culture will be affected? I dont think so. New Orleans is UNIQUE and I know that we could pull it off. I truly believe that new modern highrise would fit in well with our historic buildings and neighborhoods we have already, I personally think it would make our ALREADY BEAUTIFUL CITY even more BEAUTIFUL . Other historic cities do it all the time for example New York, San Francisco, Boston etc. Tell me what yall think.
Ditto.

Unfortunately NIMBY's are alive and well.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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I can't quite remember what Vantage was?

Tracage was approved today. What's silly is that it was originally a 40-story building but they cut it down to 16... if you live in a 6 story condo building next to it, you can't see over 16 stories any better than 40.

1031 Canal- I'll believe it when I see it. The Kailas family has a long history of grand plans that never come to fruition.
Vantage was a proposed 25 story building filled with condos on 628 Baronne St, but it eventually went nowhere you can pull it up online Vantage Tower New Orleans.

I agree with you on Tracage it went from 40 stories, to 24 stories to noe being 16 stories. I happy for any new developments but I don't see what was wrong with 40 or 24 stories in that area. As far as 1031 Canal Street goes, don't quote me but if I'm not mistaken I think it was origianlly proposed for I think 20 stories or so and dropped it to like 15 or 16 stories. SMH
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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Could it be a foundation/structural issue?
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Could it be a foundation/structural issue?
Not at all. One Shell Square is almost 700ft high and is sitting on concrete piles that are over 100ft deep. It's not going anywhere.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Could it be a foundation/structural issue?
Already answered by rburnett, but a statement and question on my part... I know one of the big hurdles to building high-rises in Chicago was that it was on swampy land so they came up with some kind of floating re-bar mattress that could hold the weight of tall buildings... do we do the same here, or is it really just huge pilings?
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Denver
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If demand was higher, it would be much easier. Is there any high-rise living in the CBD?
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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If demand was higher, it would be much easier. Is there any high-rise living in the CBD?
There have been quite a few older buildings that have been renovated into apartments/condos. Plus 930 Poydras was completed in 2010 and is apartments. I think there is a lot of demand for more units and there are still plans to build some high-rises.

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It seems many residents freak out anytime a high-rise is proposed in neighborhoods that are not the CBD like the people complaining in the Warehouse District. I think the Warehouse District seems like a great neighborhood for high-rises. With Tracage, I've heard that it is just a few neighboring residents with money that are complaining about their views being taken away.
Look at this one complaining guy, pretty ridiculous. http://www.nola.com/politics/index.s...tment_bui.html

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Old 01-09-2014, 11:17 PM
 
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I think it has to do with something about sea level, maybe the ground is not too stable. Cemeteries have above ground plots because of the sea level. Maybe, I am totally wrong, but New Orleans is below sea level (I'm not sure). I have to research this later at some point. Interesting question. The city may also just hate tall buildings because it worries that they clash with the historical beauty of the older buildings.
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