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State to delay decision on fate of Charity Hospital building

10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago January 08, 2016 Jan 8, 2016 Friday, January 08 2016 January 08, 2016 12:03 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
Image: WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS - Officials say the state is likely to delay any decision on the fate of the Charity Hospital building in favor of hiring a consultant to take a new look at how to move forward.

Gov. Bobby Jindal sought ideas last year for what to do with the 1-million-square-foot facility. Suggestions ranged from a mental health facility to retail stores.

State Rep. Helena Moreno, who was part of a committee tasked with reviewing the proposals, says a key issue that remains undecided is whether the state should lease the property or sell it. She says hiring a consultant is necessary for the committee to make an informed decision.

She says she's optimistic a consultant could be hired by next month and a new request for proposals released by March.

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