Squandered Heritage

Mary Church Terrell Elementary School in Gert Town set to be demolished

With little fanfare and no opposition, the Recovery School District appeared before the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee on July 2 seeking permission to demolish the Mary Church Terrell Elementary School in Gert Town.

Lona Hankins speaking on behalf of the RSD said there were no plans to rebuild at the site and that they would be holding on to the land until a use was decided upon.

The school is located within blocks of the Xavier Campus in an area that has witnessed a mini- building boom with the development of several parcels for Xavier University.

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Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led to guilty pleas in federal court. Her work attracted some of journalism's highest honors, 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.