What's the plan for New Orleans' Charity Hospital? More brainstorming ahead

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:57:16 PM. The newest bid to redevelop New Orleans' vacant Charity Hospital building got underway Friday as a panel of visiting national experts made some initial recommendations on how to decide on
The newest bid to redevelop New Orleans' vacant Charity Hospital building got underway Friday as a panel of visiting national experts made some initial recommendations on how to decide on the future use of the abandoned landmark. The Urban Land Institute panel spent five days interviewing stakeholders, crunching numbers and touring the Tulane Avenue building and the surrounding neighborhood for a land-use study commissioned by the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the LSU Real Estate & Facilities Foundation. The group recommended that the state establish a special taxing district with Charity, which is owned by the LSU board of supervisors, at its center and use some of the tax revenue from within the district to seed the 1 million-square-foot building's redevelopment.  The group also said that whatever the building becomes, it should retain the Charity name, which has a strong connection with the city. Finally, it said, the LSU Real Estate & Facilities Foundation should create a committee of local stakeholders and use an open, transparent process to figure out what the next incarnation of the 20-story, 78-year-old building should be. The panel will provide a fuller version of its study in 60 days, but it became clear Friday that a decision on specifically what to do with the building, which has been empty since Hurricane Katrina, is yet to come. John Walsh, the Texas real estate consultant leading Friday's presentation, said the local committee, which should be...Read more
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