The Council unanimously approved Ordinance Cal No. 31,995 to authorize the Mayor to enter into a Joint-Use Agreement between the City, the State of Louisiana, and the Department of Transportation and Development (the "DOTD") to provide for the lease of land and airspace to preserve and enhance the Claiborne corridor. This measure will secure control of the site under Interstate Highway 10 and allow the DOTD to establish the Claiborne Corridor Marketplace and Cultural Innovation District in that area.
"We're invigorating a corridor that was once a thriving business hub prior to the existence of the Claiborne bridge," said District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett. "We don't develop as a person through life without taking chances. That being said, we come here today to push forward in an investment in our people. People who are determined and hopeful, who have come together in their community and built it from the ground up. People who've invested in themselves and who have come to government to ask us to, in turn, invest in them. It's like my grandfather used to say, nothing beats a failure like a try. This is a great victory for the Tremé and the entire City of New Orleans."
Flozell Daniels from the Foundation for Louisiana spoke to the Council in support of the project, which he believes will create space and opportunity for jobs in addition to promoting the expansion of culture in the area. He said that the Foundation for Louisiana would work with the Council to conduct any additional research and develop the necessary resources, both strategic and financial, for this project to be successful.
"The bottom line is that we have to grow in order to succeed as a city," said District "B" Councilmember LaToya Cantrell. "With this project, we'll be able to create opportunity, link people to that opportunity and build community in the process. I see this as a chance for us to finally show some love to the deserving people in this area. It's all about how we build people up, how we engage them, and how we show them real results. I have no doubt that we will see the fruits of our labor with this project."