Full text of lawsuit by National Trust For Historic Preservation claims VA and FEMA failed to follow federal environmental requirements for New Orleans hospitals. Filed May 1st, 2009
In the current economic climate, and because the proposed plan would be the largest economic project in New Orleans history, any decisions must be fiscally responsible. LSU currently expects their proposal to cost a total of $1.2 billion, however there are indications that number is low, especially when factoring in operational costs. While health care facilities are a worthy investment of taxpayer money, the current LSU/VA proposal ignores the savings that renovating Charity Hospital affords. The LSU/VA proposal does not make use of available preservation grants and unnecessarily spends scarce taxpayer dollars to expropriate private lands and evict tenants. The jobs created by this large economic development project would be delayed under the LSU/VA version as a result of this slow and wasteful land acquisition process. As Governor Jindal has made numerous painful cuts on education and health care spending, that LSU has not provided a model operating budget for once the hospital is completed should raise serious questions.
Below you will find a collection of articles pertaining to the preservation issue: