3 Groups Have Until Aug. 20 For Charity Hospital Proposals


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three groups have until Aug. 20 to describe what they would do with the old Charity Hospital building if they're chosen to renovate the century-old landmark that has stood vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Matthews Southwest leads a team that created mixed-use apartment complexes in a former Sears warehouse in Dallas and renovated New Orleans' Jung Hotel, which opened in 1925 and was damaged by Katrina.

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HRI Properties LLC's work has included turning the site of a New Orleans housing project built in the 1940s into mixed-use apartments and redeveloping several historic buildings in the city.

The third group, 1532 Tulane Partners Inc., includes the contractor that oversaw construction of the Louisiana Superdome and the architectural company that helped restore Brennan's Restaurant in the French Quarter.

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