Claiborne Avenue’s future to be discussed

Residents have an opportunity this weekend and early next week to discuss the future of the Claiborne Avenue.

A second round of community workshops and open house meetings for the Livable Claiborne Communities Revitalization Study will allow residents to talk with city planners about the future of the Claiborne Avenue Corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The first meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Joseph A. Craig Elementary School, 1423 St. Philip St. The second meeting will be held 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The Claiborne communities at the heart of the study lie along Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the Mississippi River side.

Goals for the project include reducing blight and vacancy, addressing the need for jobs and small businesses, making the area appealing to new and growing industries, balancing the needs of residents and motorists when considering any changes to Interstate 10 and improving streets for strolling, gathering and bicycling.