Friday, May 22, 2009

Preserving Charity

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

On Wednesday, May 27th, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee will consider House Bill780. Sponsored by the committee’s Vice Chair, Representative Rick Nowlin, this measure would require LSU to have a financial plan for the proposed New Orleans medical center approved by the state legislature before being allowed to acquire any property.

Fiscal responsibility during a difficult economy means making sure that LSU has a sound business plan to operate its proposed $1.2 billion hospital before being allowed to buy or seize land in the New Orleans Mid-City neighborhood.

Fiscal responsibility also requires evaluating less expensive options. For instance, a state-of-the-art hospital could be built inside the gutted shell of Charity Hospital -- saving $283 million over new construction and opening years earlier, while avoiding the expropriation of private property.

Contact the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee members and ask them to support HB780 when they consider it on Wednesday, May 27th. I have provided each member's phone, fax and email address below.

Abramson, Neil C. 365 Canal Street Suite 2740 New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 275-8051
fax (504) 568-3342

Barrow, Regina 3552 Monterrey Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70814 (225)362-5837

Burford, Richard T. 671 Hwy. 171 Suite E Stonewall, LA 71078 (318)925-9588
fax (318)925-9590

Doerge, Jean M. 732 Main Street Minden, LA 71055 (318)371-3092
fax (318)371-3093

Hill, Dorothy Sue 529 Tramel Road Dry Creek, LA 70637 (800)259-2118
fax (337)639-4045

Hines, Walker 5500 Prytania Street #626 New Orleans, LA 70115 (504)756-4675
fax (504)553-5324

Jackson, Michael 660 N. Foster, Ste. A-214 Baton Rouge, LA 70806 (225)342-0774
fax (225)922-1060

Johnson, Robert A. P.O. Box 467 Marksville, LA 71351 (318)253-8891
fax (318)253-6377

Katz, Kay 207 C Louisville Avenue Monroe, LA 71201-5823 (318)340-0800
fax (318)340-0911

LaBruzzo, John 3331 Severn Ave., Ste. 204 Metairie, LA 70002 (504)833-7788
fax (504)212-7644

LeBas, H. Bernard 115 Southwest Railroad Ave. Ville Platte, LA 70586 (337)363-0152
fax (337)363-0179

Mills, Fred H. Jr. 1010 Martin Street Parks, LA 70582 (337)845-4240
fax (337)845-4095

Nowlin, Rickey L. 816 University Parkway Suite C Natchitoches, LA 71457 (318)357-7048 fax (318)357-7044

Pope, J. Rogers P.O. Box 555 Denham Springs, LA 70727 (225)667-3588
fax (225)667-3590

Simon, Scott M. P.O. Box 1297 Abita Springs, LA 70420 (985)893-6246
fax (985)893-6247

Williams, Patrick 609 Texas Street 1st Floor Shreveport, LA 71101 (318)676-5990
fax (318)676-5992

Willmott, Thomas P. 2002 20th Street Suite 204-A Kenner, LA 70062 (504)465-3479
fax (504)465-3481

Here's an example of an email to send to the members, provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

A homeowner shouldn't expect a home renovation to go well without an architectural plan. A small business owner wouldn't expect his new business venture to succeed without a business plan. Common sense dictates that the same should be true of LSU's proposed $1.2 billion medical center in New Orleans.

Therefore, we urge you to approve HB780 when it comes up before the Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, May 27. HB780 precludes LSU from proceeding with land acquisition for its proposed $1.2 billion Health Care Center without a plan.

In these difficult financial times, it is fiscally responsible to ensure that a sound business plan exists before LSU is allowed to move forward on property acquisition for its $1.2 billion Medical Center project. It is also fiscally responsible to look at alternatives incorporating the reuse of Charity Hospital, which could be faster and cheaper while requiring significantly less expropriation of private property.

New information is emerging about LSU and its plans on a regular basis. Recently it was revealed that LSU plans to take twice as much land as needed for the $1.2 billion proposal. We need to get all the facts on the table before you make a decision and before you allow LSU to take people's property for proposed future commercial development.

Please approve HB 780.

1 comment:

E said...

YES! 780 is a no-brainer for residents in Lower Mid-City, the city of New Orleans at-large, and taxpayers statewide!