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Charity Hospital and Public Records

Charity Hospital
Photography By Paula Burch-Celentano

I attended the Senate Hearing on the LSU Hospital situation yesterday

LSU  Senate Hearing

Sarah Elise Lewis was there with her camera and caught the testimony of Brad Ott

Citizens have been told many times that we will make the right decisions if we have the information, the City and State don’t seem to agree with this concept. We may lead the Recovery but we seem to be leading it in the dark.

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Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

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    In October 2007, State Rep. Juan La Fonta called attention to $50 million having been reallocated to the LSU/VA project without discussion. WDSU has posted the interview on YouTube.

    A very short time later, in December 2007, the Industrial Development Board granted preliminary approval for bonds to be issued for several projects, including what the Times-Picayune described as “…a high-rise medical complex across the street from the proposed Louisiana State University teaching hospital.” B+W Development sought $50 million in bonds to build an office tower with penthouses at 2000 Tulane Ave. At press time, the Tulane Avenue site was owned by LSU. Dr. Hollier said he was aware of B+K’s interest in acquiring the property but that no sale had been approved by the university board of supervisors. Hollier also indicated that the office tower and penthouses were not being undertaken on LSU’s behalf.
    See Times-Picayune, 19 December 2007, “Warehouse District to get New Apartments.” ( http://www.nola.com/business/t-p/index.ssf?/base/money-1/1198053568220760.xml&coll=1 )

    Upon whose advice, and based upon which study, was the Claiborne-Rocheblave-Tulane-Canal footprint selected?

    What are the exact plans for that heavily-blighted, heavily industrial and commercial corridor on the south side of Tulane? Who owns all the land from Claiborne to Broad and from Tulane to Poydras and when were the lots acquired?