Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fishy [Updated]

A pre-bid conference will be held today at the Jacobs trailer on Palmyra Street in the LSU Footprint, per this notice in yesterday's Times-Picayune.

Interestingly, it calls for bids for the demolition of the "Pallas Hotel" - no, that's not a Greek hotel somewhere out there. It's a reference to what was most recently the Grand Palace Hotel, the giant building at S. Claiborne and Canal which, instead of being repurposed, is being torn down.

I'll let you decide why the address was not listed...****UPDATED: See note below.

And hopefully someone else can determine whether the notice was adequate.

And the sheer amount of tons that will have to be torn down and carted away...makes me wonder all the more about how contracts for all the debris played into the selection of the hospital sites.

I'll also note that at a recent meeting with New Orleans members of Save Our Cemeteries, there are still some very serious concerns about the potential vibration impacts on the fragile, historic St. Louis #2 Cemetery, which starts just over one block away from the Grand Palace Hotel.

ADDED: The building was called the "Pallas Suited Hotel" back in the 1980s.


Anonymous said...

I walked through the building during the bid process...not a nice place these days. Still, unsurprisingly, has that post-Katrina odor to it. Your suggestions of "debris contracts" playing into the selection is a bit of a reach in this instance....since the bid is public, the largest demolition companies in the nation are bidding the job. The company that the state chooses will be the cheapest. All of the contracts are backed by a surety bond to prevent disaster if a contractor walks off. The subcontractors the demo company uses for waste hauling and disposal are simply, the cheapest quote they get. This job is out of the scope of local will be an implosion project.

Anonymous said... the scope of work, vibration monitoring is required around the site, as well as protection for numerous pieces of property surrounding the hotel (orleans mansion). Using traditional demo methods (ball/chain, hydraulic hammers) would cause extended vibration and nuisance to the surrounding area (street closures..etc).