State to delay decision on fate of Charity Hospital building
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.