The state, in response to a letter from City Council Members, suggests moving the building.
While I'm glad that the state now recognizes the building's significance, I think it's premature to talk about moving the building at this point - when the funding for the proposed hospital still is not in hand. And the streets in the LSU Footprint have yet to be revoked.
It also looks like moving might be a way for the state to wriggle out of its legal issues with the Orleans Parish School Board - since that entity is still seeking over $20 million more in replacement costs than the state is offering for the property.
I'm glad the situation is fluid once more - there's a greater chance the buildling won't be demolished than ever before. But it would be shortsighted to agree to moving the building at this point.
Someone needs to ask whether redesigning portions of the proposed medical complex to incorporate the school would cost less than moving the building. If that's the case, then the building should stay put, and an adaptive reuse program should be investigated. And design is still in issue because of HUD's concerns with the project - and HUD's FHA mortgage insurance remains the essential piece in the funding puzzle.