2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:07:08 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Naval Support Activity [LA] redevelopment moves slowly
Two years after Naval Support Activity closed, base redevelopment plans moving slowly

By Paul Purpura
New Orleands Times-Picayune (LA)
September 24, 2013

Retired Marine Corps Col. Bill Davis raves over the speed at which the state charter high school he oversees is shaping up at the Federal City campus in Algiers. Just nine months ago, construction crews poured the slab for a new building at the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, which combines renovated century-old Navy buildings and new construction.

If the New Orleans region makes it through hurricane season without a debilitating storm, and Entergy finishes rebuilding the Federal City power grid in time, the academy's cadets will be sitting in new classrooms when they return from Christmas break, Davis said.

"We're ahead of schedule and under budget," said Davis, the academy's commandant. "We poured that concrete in April, and we're moving in by December. It's going good. We've been blessed."

Yet things aren't moving as quickly for the rest of Federal City, the mixed-use development that founders envisioned bringing 15,000 jobs to Algiers over 10 years. Two years after the Navy closed the Naval Support Activity in Algiers and Bywater, the Marine Corps installation and its quality-of-life amenities are bustling. But the redevelopment of the rest of the shuttered Navy base has moved much more slowly.


For the entire article, see
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/09/ two_years_after_navy_closes_ne.html


Lenny Siegel
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