Charity Hospital

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10:37 am
Thu June 12, 2014

City Drops Charity Hospital Renovation

The old Charity Hospital has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The plan to renovate Charity Hospital appears to be dead.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the soaring construction estimate along with a lack of state money caused him to abandon the concept.

He says the city can’t afford the project.

In a statement, the mayor said he could not “in good faith” ask the city to assume a $200 million debt when that money could be used for long-overdue street repairs.

He says he will now invest FEMA and capital funding into City Hall and the Civil District Court buildings to make them more efficient and safe.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

New Orleans Submits Legislative Agenda To Baton Rouge

New Orleans legislation this session.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has released his wish list for the current session of the State Legislature. Items requested by City Hall include a tax increase for public safety and a more aggressive approach to clearing blighted property.

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Listening Post NOLA
2:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Voices From The WWNO Listening Post: Charity Hospital

The Charity Hospital building has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Myers

The 1939 Charity Hospital building served the healthcare needs of generations of the city’s poor. However, its basement flooded during hurricane Katrina, and for the past eight years the building has remained vacant.

WWNO’s Listening Post collected audio from its two regular recording locations — at Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street — to hear what people had to say about the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and the surrounding area. The Listening Post asked people these questions:

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The Lens
10:44 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Landrieu Requests $100 Million For Charity Hospital

Mayor Mitch Landrieu applied for $100 million in state construction funds on Friday to redevelop the former Charity Hospital building. Renovating the building would cost around $300 million, and revitalize a moribund stretch of downtown.

It is highly unlikely that Governor Bobby Jindal and state legislators will give Mayor Landrieu the full $100 million next year. He asked for $100 million this year as well. He got $13 million.

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The Lens
12:52 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Street Repairs, Charity Hospital Renovations Proposed For 2014

New Orleanians who attended recent public meetings on the 2014 city budget had a lot of complaints, but none came up so frequently as the city’s crumbling streets. With constant construction on the city’s major commercial arteries, residents of smaller streets wondered when the city planned to get around to them.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s 2014 capital budget may finally offer some relief. Of the $247 million dedicated to capital projects in the proposal, more than half is slated for minor street repairs. 

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The Lens
8:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Developer Pres Kabacoff's Plan For Downtown

Standing on Canal Street, Pres Kabacoff describes his ideas to redevelop downtown New Orleans. The parking lot across the street would become a new mall to rival Lakeside Shopping Center. The old Charity Hospital, in the background, would be the home to City Hall, Civil District Court and a neuroscience research center.
Credit Tyler Bridges / The Lens

Developer Pres Kabacoff says he is a man on a mission to transform downtown. If the city center can be revitalized, he says, and the river can be connected to the lake, it would transform the entire city of New Orleans.

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Budgeting For Outcomes
6:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Hears Budget Ideas at Community Meetings

Mayor Landrieu says using a refurbished Charity Hospital as a new City Hall is a good idea.
Erin Krall WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has begun his annual round of community meetings to set budget priorities for the coming year. Some suggestions range from fixing streets to using the shuttered Charity Hospital as a new City Hall.

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