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Our Commitments

A successful project respects the community’s needs. We recognize this is not possible without the input and insight of residents and stakeholders. As we develop the terminal layout, we will continue working with Violet residents and the St. Bernard Parish community to design a project that aims to protects local quality of life.

Elementary School

W. Smith Elementary School

The W. Smith Elementary School is currently located inside the proposed footprint of the future terminal. Port NOLA owns most of the undeveloped land in Violet. The Port has not purchased the school or the school property to date. Although, we have identified two potential locations for the new W. Smith Elementary School within the property owned by Port NOLA. 

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Port NOLA is ready to fund the construction of a new, modern elementary school now. The sooner the new school is built, the less impact terminal construction will have on students. We are in discussions with the School Board to agree on a path forward. Port NOLA will provide funds to the School Board for the construction of the new school. 

This is Violet’s school. We support a public process involving the community and honoring the history of Violet Consolidated.


Violet Park

  • Relocate within Violet
  • Build a brand-new ballpark with facilities equal to or better than the existing facilities
  • Working with the Parish and the Violet community to find the best path forward
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Merrick Cemetery

  • Keep cemetery in its current location with land for future expansion
  • Maintain easy and safe public access to the cemetery

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Terminal Neighbors

Add features such as trees, landscaping, sound walls, and other options within the community to:

  • Minimize sound and visual disruptions to the community
  • Create separation between the terminal and nearby neighborhoods

Planning for Wetlands

The federal permitting process requires drainage and wetland planning.

We will analyze the project’s impacts on wetlands and develop a mitigation plan in accordance with federal regulations.

Port NOLA will fully mitigate all impacts to wetlands within the watershed, as required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in accordance with federal regulations.

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Environmental sustainability is a priority for the Port of New Orleans and the Louisiana International Terminal project. The Port participates in various environmental protection programs beyond what is required by state or federal laws, including: 

  • Maintaining Green Marine certification, which focuses on continuous sustainability improvements
  • Helping local truck drivers and small fleets replace their trucks to lower emissions through the Clean Truck Replacement Initiative Program (TRIP)
  • Exploring innovative technologies to reduce the Louisiana International Terminal's environmental impacts and building for the future