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.