The French Market Corp. is moving forward with a plan to lease a popular Bourbon Street park directly to a restaurant, which would shut out a politically connected nonprofit organization that for years has profited by being a middleman.

However, the city agency is negotiating a separate deal that would send money to the nonprofit to maintain the statues it has installed at Edison Park.

The French Market Corp.’s Real Estate Committee voted unanimously Tuesday evening to lease the park, in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, directly to Cafe Beignet. The lease still has to be approved by the French Market’s full board at its July 30 meeting.

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