Treasurer: Put Charity Hospital development plans on hold
BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy wants the Jindal administration to leave planning about the future of the shuttered Charity Hospital in New Orleans to Louisiana's next governor and lawmakers.
Kennedy said Monday the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged hospital, an Art Deco landmark built in the 1930s, is a valuable state asset. He says Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has fewer than five months left in office, shouldn't make decisions about possibly selling the facility "on the way out the door."
The governor's Division of Administration sought ideas for redeveloping the hospital, and five groups submitted proposals last month.
Division spokesman Gregory Dupuis says the administration isn't certain to choose any of the proposals and has no timeline for finding a use for the hospital, which has been closed since it was damaged a decade ago.