Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Demolition, Site Prep Continue in LSU Footprint
Yesterday and today, crews were out in the LSU Footprint. The double shotgun at 2100-02 Cleveland Avenue, corner of S. Johnson, was demolished recently. The building had partially burnt within the past 6 months.
The two buildings nextdoor on Cleveland Avenue had their brackets removed as of last week. After noticing the loss of architectural elements, I contacted someone who oversees the site and was told that the owners removed them. I will attempt to follow up to confirm that.
Charity Hospital sat empty off in the distance as the site preparation continued.
If HUD funding does not come through (and I've heard from one source that it has not), then I would not be surprised if the state, despite its vague assertions in today's Times-Picayune, would be forced to build a smaller hospital.
And that most certainly re-opens the question: then why not rebuild in Charity?