Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday applied for $100 million in state funds for the redevelopment of the abandoned Charity Hospital building. Landrieu wants to move City Hall and Civil District Court into the refashioned building that would be called the Civic Center.
NEW ORLEANS - The City of New Orleans wants $100 million from the state to overhaul the old Charity Hospital building.
According to our partners at The Lens, Mayor Mitch Landrieu submitted a request for the money Friday.
Landrieu wants to move City Hall and Civil District Court to the Charity Hospital site.
Civil District Court judges would rather see a new courthouse built for them on the back side of Duncan Plaza.
There are many projects in the air in mid-city and downtown New Orleans including the substantial University Medical Center , the controversial development of the World Trade Center by the Mississippi River and Canal Street and possible plans for the Charity Hospital building—vacated after Hurricane Katrina.
The following is a press release by State Treasurer John Kenney. LouisianaVoice presents it here as a guest column that we feel underscores the concerns expressed in our Sept. 29 post entitled False prophets, false profits—and false reasons to privatize LSU Hospital System (or trolling for more Medicaid dollars)
The reason advanced by the Jindal Administration for privatizing Louisiana's charity hospitals is that a private hospital like Lafayette General or Ochsner, for example, can manage a hospital more efficiently, and therefore cheaper, than the state.
In 2009, when Alvarez & Marsal, a national performance auditor, recommended a handful of common-sense business practices that would save taxpayers $72 million a year at the state's Big Charity hospital in New Orleans, I asked for a similar audit of the state's nine other Charity Hospitals. The Charity Hospitals resisted.