|New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center plans up for review today|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:55|
The New Orleans City Planning Commission today will consider plans for the city's new Juvenile Justice Center. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council chamber at City Hall.
By Ellis Lucia for The Times-Picayune
The city's old Youth Study Center was photographed in 2007.
The new center's 15-acre site is bounded by Bayou St. John and Milton, Encampment and Sere streets. It has housed the city's Youth Study Center, a detention center for young people awaiting trial, and the Housing Authority of New Orleans' former Imperial Drive residential properties.
Besides a new Youth Study Center, the proposed Juvenile Justice Center would include the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and the New Orleans Police Department's Juvenile Bureau. It would comprise four main buildings, public and staff parking areas, a waterside park, an entry plaza and a site for a future building.
Because the site is zoned for residential use, the project needs a conditional-use permit.
The soil on the former HANO property is contaminated, and it is to be covered with sand or geotextile material and a clay-sand mixture prior to construction.
Approval of the project by the planning commission and later the City Council is almost certain. In its analysis, the planning staff said the new facilities "will both provide a much-needed service to the city's residents and enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood."