How did these townhomes under construction on the northeast corner of Bayou and Baron streets in the Fifth Ward come by their extra-long, tongue-like driveways? It’s not exactly clear, but the reader who sent these pix of the project and its rather prominent culvert-leaping flatwork thinks the answer might have something to do with a willingness to build well past the property line — or at least a lack of familiarity with where the property line actually is. The orange complex across the street, in the background of the photo above, is the Kennedy Place Apartments. Here’s a view of the townhomes from that side, looking east:
Does this line up better with the street beyond? It appears to — but not if you take into account the tiny gutter drain at the corner, noted in this version of the photo:
It shows the edge of the street, independent of any grass or utility pole creep. Both appear to have wandered into the street right-of-way over time.
A document showing how lot lines on the corner were rejiggered in 2013, around the time the current owner bought the property, does indicate a slight jog in the property line, but one that would make Baron St. wider on the townhome site than in the neighboring block, not the other way around:
The same document provides this helpful review of the city’s setback rules for garage-front properties:
Photos: Swamplot inbox