As work progresses on the new LSU-VA hospital complex, many are wondering what’s to become of the old Charity Hospital building.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
Ever since LSU walked away from the Old Charity Hospital building, the historic structure has cried out for redevelopment. The debate over whether it can still be used as a hospital is settled, but the debate over how best to use it in the future is just beginning.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others say it might make a great a new civic complex, replacing City Hall and Civil District Court. That idea — and right now it’s just an idea — seems like a good one.
But the Civil Court judges have their own ideas. They want their own building, separate from City Hall. The judges already have state approval, in fact, and a source of money to at least get their project started.
This difference of opinion may never be resolved. You’ve got some big egos on both sides of the question. Perhaps what’s needed is an objective look at how best to redevelop Charity — and how best to replace our outdated City Hall and civil courts building. Neither the mayor nor the judges are planners and developers. Maybe, we should let some real experts weigh in.
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