Charity Hospital

Erin Krall / WWNO

Several proposals are being submitted to the state to revitalize the empty Charity Hospital in New Orleans. A nonprofit called “Healing Minds NOLA” is leading one effort to create a one-stop shop for mental health services.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The University Medical Center is getting ready to open in August. The news media was given a preview of how the billion-dollar hospital is taking shape.

bigcharityfilm.com

We speak with Alexander Glustrom and Ben Johnson, filmmakers behind the new documentary "Big Charity," an exploration of the massive Charity Hospital complex on Tulane Avenue that was shuttered after Hurricane Katrina.

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.

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.

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:

Landrieu Requests $100 Million For Charity Hospital

Nov 4, 2013

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.

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. 

Developer Pres Kabacoff's Plan For Downtown

Sep 25, 2013
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.

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.