"Forget it. I work for The Blood Center and despite pleas to City, Parish and State officials (who all stated that they agreed with our dilemna), LSU just bulldozed their wishes through. We purchased three pieces of property just around t...he corner on Canal St in January of last year. We've been trying to get permits since then, but, as we all know, City Hall runs at two speeds, slow and non-existent. Because of we are regualted by the FDA, its a little more involved when we have to move compared to other businesses. They kept pushing to expropriate our property. So now we are having to move into a building that is half-finished, and move other operations to an abandoned car dealership temporarily for 6 months. All this so they can tear the building down that we've been in for over 50 years so they can create (and get this), FOR GREEN SPACE FOR THE NEW TEACHING HOSPITAL!!! After Katrina, and now this, I think it is safe to say that government has become a hindrance and not a help to its citizens. To add insult to injury, they only offered us $60/sq ft for our property...try buying a mobile home for that much!! Our space is comparable to a hospital...which the State says will cost them $637/sq ft to build."