Marigny grocery’s state money diverted to new iron factory

A New Orleans food cooperative building a grocery store on St. Claude Avenue is among the many projects statewide that stand to lose money as the state shifts funds to a North Carolina steelmaker’s new St. James Parish operation.

The New Orleans Food Cooperative got $375,000 in the capital outlay budget signed by Gov. Jindal in July. But now the Jindal administration wants to steer $30 million in state outlay funds to Nucor because the company says the subsidy is needed for it to build a new iron factory in St. James Parish – and the grocery store is one of dozens of projects getting axed as state officials juggle the numbers.