The City of New Orleans has yet to revoke the public streets in the UMC Footprint - a legal step that is necessary if the project is going to proceed as planned (the hospital buildings will be crushing what is now street grid). Revocation of the public streets is seemingly the last bit of leverage that the city has over the state on this project. The City Planning Commission will consider revocation of ALL of the streets in the UMC Footprint at a hearing on April 12, 2011 at 1 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall. We encourage you to attend and advocate for the retention of the streets so that the city retains control over the project in some way - perhaps a phased revocation that actually ties to the state's ability to fund the project. As far as we know, the City Council also needs to approve the street revocation...and it's unclear that the council will be able to do that before the projected April 18 "groundbreaking." There is no regular council meeting scheduled for the window between April 12 and April 18.
More information is provided in the attached files below.
Please come out to voice any concerns you have surrounding the UMC Academic Medical Center project.
See you there!