Strangely, a Times-Picayune story this Saturday made no mention of any provisions regarding McDonogh No. 11 in a written agreement formalized recently between the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana about design changes in the LSU Footprint.
Today, however, we received word that six out of seven city council member here in New Orleans have signed onto two letters (drafted by the Fielkow office) calling for saving and incorporating McDonogh No. 11 into the 37-acre UMC hospital complex design rather than demolishing the building. One letter is headed to the chair of the UMC Board, the other is off to the head of the state's Office of Facilities Planning and Control. Council Member Jon Johnson was the only member who did not sign on.
I'm grateful to the members who signed the letters. They deserve thanks for recognizing the value of the building and for doing something right, no matter how late in the game or what may have transpired to date. There is a better way forward.