City of Harahan Blog

The Arrow of Light Den from St Rita Harahan’s Cub Scout Pack 115 (@SRSCubScoutPack115), learned about local government as part of their “Building a Better World” requirement.  They learned about civic duty, the rule of law, and met with local government officials.

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From left to right is Hayden Welk, Mayor Tina Miceli, Peter Vallelungo, and Bradley Eschmann.

A recent article published by Zippia listed the top ten most successful cities in Louisiana. Cities were measured based on a "Success Score" that considered numerous variables. After city's score was determined, Harahan ranked as the 3rd most successful city in Louisiana. Let's take a look at the specifics related to Harahan's economic environment:

  • Population: 9,324

  • Median Income: $62,582

  • Poverty Level: 8.9%

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

These figures are illustriously indicative of our residents. 

The City of Harahan is proud to salute St. Rita Elementary School for producing four high school valedictorians in the class of 2016. They are Kirstie Freibert, Elizabeth Knowles, Kenneth Krizan III, and Alexander Lucas. Ms. Freibert and Ms. Knowles graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy while Mr. Krizan graduated from Jesuit High School and Mr. Lucas graduated from Brother Martin High School.

All have considerable achievements: Ms. Freibert participated in the Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and as a Eucharistic Minister and the Come Lord Jesus Program. She served as Co-Captain of the Rhythm Dance Team as well as Treasurer of the National Honor Society. She received an Academic Scholars Resident Award & Chancellors Student Aid Program Award and a Mildred and Pellerin Foundation Scholarship. She will be attending LSU and majoring in biochemistry on her journey to become an orthodontist.

Ms. Knowles was a member of the Student Government, the National Honor Society, the Christian Life Community and the Mount Carmel Cubs Against Destructive Decisions. She was also a Come Lord Jesus leader, a Retreat Team leader and an officer of the Ambassador Team. She represented MCA at both district and state rally and attended the Close Up Program in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of the Russ Giammanco Scholarship and a scholarship sponsored by the Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish. She will attend LSU where she plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine.

Mr. Krizan helped to found the Experimental Literature Club and was an active member of the school’s marching, concert and jazz bands playing the alto saxophone. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Classic Rock Club and Anime Club. He represented Jesuit in the district and state literary rallies. As a boy scout, he was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America honor society. Kenneth served as a group leader for a Kairos retreat and serves as an Altar Server Captain in his parish. He is the recipient of Fordham University’s Presidential Scholarship and the National Merit Fordham University Scholarship. He plans to study accounting at the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill at Fordham University and is a member of the university’s Global Business Honors Cohort.

Mr. Lucas participated in a wide variety of activities, including active membership in Chorus, Drama Club, Student and Eucharistic Ministers, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Ambassadors, and Crusaders for Life. He served as president of Crusaders for Life and secretary of both Excalibur and Key Club. He has showcased his vocal talents in venues ranging from the New Orleans Children’s Chorus, Carnegie Hall, Disney’s Candlelight Processional and in over 25 musical productions. Additionally, Alex is an outspoken and active leader in the pro-life movement in Louisiana. He made Louisiana history by being the first high school student to testify on a pro-life bill in front of legislators in the Louisiana Health and Welfare Committee. He received the Ignatian Scholarship to Loyola University of New Orleans where he plans to double major in Vocal Performance and History – with the hope of someday performing on Broadway.

From left: Kirstie Freibert, Mt. Carmel High School; Alex Lucas, Brother Martin High School; Mayor Tina Miceli; Elizabeth Knowles, Mt. Carmel High School and Kenneth Krizan III, Jesuit High School.

Congratulations to our four extraordinary scholars on their achievements.

On Sunday, July 13th, 2016, Veterans of Foreign Wars & Auxiliary Harahan Post 3267, 1133 Hickory Avenue, Harahan, LA, had their annual flag retirement ceremony.

Attending and participating in the event are pictured left to right: Edward Charbonnet, Post Trustee;  Harahan Police Officer Darlene Schwartz;  Marcus Bankston, Post Jr. Vice; Steve Mehrtens, Post Quartermaster and Harahan Police Officer;  Harahan Mayor Tina Miceli; Harahan Police Chief Tim Walker and Larry Simmons, Post Commander.

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The original article can be found here. It was published in the Times Picayune and nola.com.

Getting to higher ground: River Ridge and Harahan

By Camille Tillman  on February 26, 2016 at 3:12 PM, updated February 26, 2016 at 4:11 PM

You see a lot of properties when you're in the real estate business for 47 years, so when an agent calls a place home for 35 of those years, you should probably take a closer look. Such is the case with Sandra McGee of COLDWELL BANK TEC REALTORS and the River Ridge and Harahan area.

"What makes River Ridge special is the country feeling you experience, with lots of trees and larger lots," McGee said.

Jutting into the river between St. Rose and Elmwood, Harahan and River Ridge sit as much as 12 feet above sea level. This gives the two locations their first appeal: low flood insurance rates. In addition to affordable insurance, Erik Schulz with the Bonnie Schulz Group of GARDNER, REALTORS said, the area offers the largest lots buyers can get in Jefferson Parish, without heading further up river or towards the North Shore.

"Buyers want to be in in River Ridge because of all the available green spaces and oversized lots," Schulz said.

With all that space, it's easy to assume that the area is tucked away from the action. But as McGee and Schulz point out, houses in this area are ideally located to some of the region's biggest transit arteries. Close proximity to the Earhart Expressway and Airline Highway, residents of this bend in the river have easy access to everywhere, even without touching I-10. River Road makes the journey into the city or up to plantation country both easy and enjoyable. Sitting next to the Huey P. Long Bridge also offers rapid access to the West Bank and beyond. And with Louis Armstrong International as a neighbor, residents of Harahan and River Ridge can feel like the world is at their fingertips.

"You can get to any place quickly from River Ridge or Harahan," McGee said.

Though the two share a close border, each has a distinct real estate profile. River Ridge is currently expanding, with a new gourmet grocery store recently put in place off Jefferson highway and, according to Schulz, "seven or eight" new construction homes. Meanwhile, McGee notes that Harahan offers more "structured subdivisions" than River Ridge. Additional, she points out that Harahan currently has more affordable homes on the market, ranging from $75,000 to just under $700,000. Meanwhile, homes currently on the market in River Ridge go for as high as $1.2 million.

Whatever the price range, interest in River Ridge and Harahan has heated up in recent years. The presence of Ochsner Hospital's flagship campus has filled the area with a number of healthcare professionals. And that presence is likely to grow, after the hospital recently announced a $250 million expansion project. With Mardi Gras over, Schulz, whose mother & colleague Bonnie Schulz has been selling real Estate for 40 years, said listings and sales have been "like someone flipped a switch." Michele Branigan of LATTER & BLUM, INC./REALTORS echoes that sentiment, saying buyers looking at a home in the area should be prepared to move quickly.

"In many recent cases I have been involved in competing offer situations on homes in these areas," Branigan said.

Though homes are moving fast, there are still some considerations to be made. With   new development growing, these historic cities have a number of older homes with unusual layouts. McGee said any homes between Jefferson Highway and the river should sell quickly, "if they are priced right." Branigan said that even older homes can fetch a great price, however, with a few updates.

"If someone has taken the time to open up the floor plan to a more current layout and do some upgrades to finishes, they can expect a lot of interest and a quick sale," Branigan said.

Despite its growth, Harahan and River Ridge continue to stick to the core that made them great—lots of green spaces, good neighbors, and close proximity to almost all of Southern Louisiana's economic vitality. Home buyers should be ready to strike fast, as major investments in the area will only increase interest.

"The River Ridge and Harahan market is really strong," Schulz said. "We are seeing great sales for properties with good locations that are priced right."