At this point, I'm aware of 5 letters of notice sent out to local state legislators regarding requests to demolish 5 different properties inside the VA Hospital footprint. Permission to demolish, it seems, cannot be granted until 30 days after such letters are sent out per Louisiana law. Three of the letters were sent on March 8, 2010, and two were sent on March 16, 2010.
Four of the properties involved are contributing historic properties to the Mid-City National Register Historic District. One is not on that list. Two of the contributing historic properties slated for demolition are currently being lived in, to my knowledge, and the houses, small shotguns, are in great shape.
Essentially, it's possible that demolitions in the VA footprint could begin in the upcoming week - the machinery is certainly in motion.