Sunday, October 17, 2010

Reminder: Charity Reuse Meeting Tomorrow Night at City Hall

Here are the details:

Monday October 18, 2010 6:00pm to 8:30pm: Public Meeting

Reuse and/or Disposition of Historic Buildings in the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (Charity Hospital). The Louisiana State Office of Facility Planning and Control “seeks public input and comment in regards to adaptive reuse of the 9 historically significant buildings that made up the former MCLNO that were damaged during Hurricane Katrina …”

Location: New Orleans City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street.

One potential reuse that anyone in attendance tomorrow night should be sure to suggest: reuse as the University Medical Center (basically keeping Charity in Charity), thereby eliminating the need to continue demolishing homes in the LSU Footprint.  It would also eliminate a gaping vacant space in the CBD in the interim.

It is possible to renovate the existing Charity Hospital building into a 21st Century facility with the funds that the UMC Board currently has on hand, according to a study by RMJM Hillier, one of the top architectural firms in the world.  The Board does not have the funding in place at this time to build a new facility in Lower Mid-City.

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