NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans City Council will consider a motion Thursday to withdraw a controversial interim zoning district Uptown.
The proposed interim zoning district would have been a major hurdle for Tulane University‘s plans for a new on-campus stadium.
Wednesday night’s public forum was the last of three being held to get the community’s feedback. It comes just a day before Councilwoman Susan Guidry plans on withdrawing her proposal for an interim zoning district.
Tulane is proposing building a 25,000 seat football stadium. The price tag is approximately $60 million. It’s been almost 40 years since the university had a football stadium on its campus.
The proposal has sparked mixed reaction from supporters, while homeowners living in the Uptown neighborhood near the proposed site continue to voice concerns about noise, traffic, congestion and trash.
Community members, city leaders and university officials met at the Audubon Tea Room to listen to a presentation about game day operations.
Guidry also addressed the crowd explaining why she’s chosen to withdraw her proposal for the controversial interim zoning district.
“Technically the City Planning Commission said it had deficiencies and so we could try and rebring the motion,” she said. “I think that the council’s feeling is that we should step back and let this voluntary process happen.”
“I’m pleased that the IZD may be withdrawn tomorrow,” said Tulane University President Scott Cowen. “There’s been a cloud of uncertainty over the project ever since that motion was made. It think having that that rescinded will help an awful lot.”
Tulane University says it will collect public input and use it in the project’s design.
The stadium is slated to open in the fall of 2014.