The $1.2 billion LSU/VA medical complex plan will have an enormous impact on the city's urban fabric. The decision to expropriate and demolish Lower Mid-City will carry irreversible consequences that will affect the look and feel of the city for generations to come. The far-reaching consequences of even the smallest of development decisions sparked the creation of the New Orleans Master Plan so that the city had a strategic game plan to help guide these decisions in a way that makes sense for the future of the city. In 2008, the City Planning Commission signed a $2,000,000 contract with Goody Clancy to complete a Master Plan to direct the future land use development of the city. Yet these planners were explicitly barred from evaluating the hospital plans and the larger biomedical district. Though the most respected urban planners suggests that efficient, dense, walkable cities are most likely to take advantage of the environmental movement and the renewed popularity of urban life, the LSU/VA medical complex proposes to abandon its efficient space downtown for a sprawling suburban-style campus that would demolish a residential neighborhood that is already uniquely positioned geographically to capitalize on market forces for robust revitalization.

Below you will find a collection of articles pertaining to the planning issue:

November 2005 Damage Assessment of Charity Hospital by Adams

Executive Summary of Emergency Facilities Assessment from Adams Management Services of the Charity Hospital building, conducted November of 2005. This is the document that LSU uses to support their case for the shuttering of Charity Hospital.

41 Organizations Call on Governor and City Leaders For Open Process In Decision-Making For Major Hospitals

On Wednesday, March 25th, 41 local and national organizations - including a diverse range of community groups, professional organizations and planning associations - are asking state and city leaders to engage the public more directly in the search for a solution. Attached is the press release from the event.

Fact Sheet on Charity Hospital, prepared by FHL and RMJM Hillier

The Louisiana Legislature charged the Foundation for Historical Louisiana to conduct and independent assessment of Charity Hospital in New Orleans. FHL retained RMJM Hillier, internationally renowned architects in preservation and healthcare design, to conduct this extensive study with two main goals: structural soundness and potential reuse. This document is a summary of their findings.

Times-Picayune Column: "Unhealthy attitude infects LSU"


If I want to put the arm on the taxpayer for $1.2 billion, and commandeer a vast chunk of downtown, I think I make nice.

I figure I need friends and everyone must be convinced I am on the level.

But LSU, which wants to abandon Charity and build a glittering new hospital nearby, is putting a lot of noses out of joint. It is in a big row with FEMA, and threatens to give its neighbor, the Tulane Medical Center, the bum's rush.

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Times-Picayune: "Savings won't be realized with new hospital in Mid-City - VA, LSU out of sync on sharing services"

Building a new state hospital alongside a planned U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in lower Mid-City won't produce the initial level of savings once touted by the Louisiana State University System, according to the school's top health officer.

Dr. Fred Cerise said the primary reason is that a lack of clear financing has put LSU behind its original schedule, while federal money is lined up for the Veterans Affairs hospital slated to open in 2012, negating plans for sharing some equipment and facilities.

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WWLTV: "Preservationists: Renovating Charity could save the state millions"

BATON ROUGE, La. –  A group preservationists are making a pitch to state lawmakers to save and rehabilitate Charity Hospital, which they contend is cheaper and faster than building a new hospital, rather than building a new medical complex in the Tulane-Gravier area of New Orleans.

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