The Beacon Restaurant at the corner of South Claiborne and Napoleon Avenues in 1961. It was not itself the subject of zoning docket 61/26; this photograph was submitted as evidence of the existing commercial nature of that intersection by the owners of the property across the street. The property owners proposed the rezoning of the uptown/lake corner from Two-Family/Multi-Family Residential to Heavy Commercial. Their purpose was to allow construction of a branch of the National American Bank on an empty lot. While the Planning Commission found that the project did not warrant the incursion of commercial usage into a residential neighborhood, the Council disagreed and granted the request. The bank building still stands--the Beacon (and adjoining Beaconette Lounge) do not. During the 1970s they came down to make way for a new Shell station.
[zoning docket 61/26]
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