Neighbors want action, not blight

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A Civil District Court judge in January upheld city's code enforcement action against the owners of the old Lake Terrace Shopping Center at Paris Avenue and Robert E. Lee Boulevard in Gentilly. The owners can still appeal the decision to the 4th circuit, but in the mean time the city may begin to try to take action to return the structure to commerce. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A Civil District Court judge in January upheld city's code enforcement action against the owners of the old Lake Terrace Shopping Center at Paris Avenue and Robert E. Lee Boulevard in Gentilly. The owners can still appeal the decision to the 4th circuit, but in the mean time the city may begin to try to take action to return the structure to commerce.

Lake Terrace Shopping Center still shuttered

Despite numerous meetings, multiple blight hearings and much teeth gnashing in Gentilly, the Lake Terrace Shopping Center remains closed more than eight years after Hurricane Katrina.

With the 2009 award of $250,000 in taxpayer money through the city’s Economic Development Fund, neighbors looked forward to redevelopment of the vacant strip mall, which occupies a high-profile corner at Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Paris Avenue.

DMK Acquisitions and Properties purchased the property in April 2007 for $1.35 million and went on to secure the $250,000 in economic development funding from Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration.

Because of ongoing problems with the project, the city withheld the last payment, putting the total payout at $225,000.

The last payment of $62,500 was sent in May 2010, Nagin’s last month in office.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 1 to correct the date of the last payment.