State receives plans for Charity Hospital redevelopment

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NEW ORLEANS — Five potential development groups have submitted plans to rescue New Orleans' Charity Hospital — the huge art-deco style building vacant since the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans, CityBusiness reports ( the plans range from a mixed use building with apartments and shops to a health research center but state officials are not discussing details.

Louisiana Division of Administration spokesman Greg Dupuis says the agency is reviewing and evaluating each written response.

Old Charity remains closed and unused. It is a 20-story, 1-million-square-foot Art Deco hulk built in the 1930s as one of the biggest hospitals ever constructed. The new hospital includes about 1.6 million square feet of building space.

Katrina's floodwaters swamped the basement and lower parts of Charity, prompting state officials to close it.

Information from: New Orleans CityBusiness,

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