Urban Land Institute to Present Recommendations to LSU for Charity Hospital on Nov. 10

Panel to present at 9 a.m. at the LSU Human Development Center, 411 South Prieur Street in New Orleans

BATON ROUGE – A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute, or ULI, will be making recommendations to LSU on the best potential use for the vacant New Orleans Charity Hospital.

The panel’s recommendations will be presented at the LSU Human Development Center, 411 South Prieur St.in New Orleans (corner of S. Prieur and Tulane Avenue), on Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. The presentation is open to the public. Parking is available in the LSU Health parking garage.

For those unable to attend the presentation, it can be viewed online at https://mediasite-ent.lsuhsc.edu/Mediasite/Play/4b5bef890cb242ac9a4e8ba1c6f27cfd1d.

The ULI panel, composed of land use professionals representing all aspects of urban design and urban development, is being sponsored by the LSU Health New Orleans and LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, which is an affiliate of the LSU Foundation. 

The panelists, convened through ULI’s Advisory Services program, visited New Orleans Nov. 5-10. Their assignment included performing an analysis of local market conditions and making recommendations on how to leverage the redevelopment of Charity Hospital to benefit the Medical District, the LSU Health Center and accelerate development within the surrounding neighborhood.

The Art Deco hospital building, which anchored New Orleans’ downtown medical and commercial district for more than 65 years, was permanently closed following damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Its closure prompted LSU and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to initiate plans to build modern medical facilities adjacent to the hospital.

During the week, the panelists have toured the study area and met and interviewed stakeholders from the public and private sector. After carefully analyzing the site and completing the interviews, the panelists are now completing their recommendations for Friday’s presentation.

ULI leader John Walsh, chief executive officer, founder and president of TIG in Dallas, is the chairman of the panel visiting New Orleans.

“We’re excited to bring ULI’s expertise to New Orleans,” Walsh said. “We’ll be looking at critical aspects of the future of this iconic building to determine how it might contribute to the area’s overall appeal and the historical community.”

Walsh is joined by Carlton Brown, cofounding partner of Direct Investment Development LLC in New York City, who serves as panel vice-chairman, and panelists Normon Dong, managing director, FD Stonewater LLC, Washington, D.C.; Brandon Hill, founder and president, Fusion Advisory Services, Birmingham, Ala.; Eric Maribojoc, executive director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, George Mason University, Arlington, Va.; Tom Murphy, senior resident fellow,  Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.; Liz Ogbu, founder and principal, Studio O, San Francisco, Calif.; Tyrone Rachal, president, Urban Key Capital Partners, Atlanta, Ga.; Lynn Ross, founder, Spirit of Change Consulting, Miami, Fla.; and Melani Smith, adjunct faculty, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven by 40,000-plus members dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities. Now in its 70th year, the ULI advisory services program assembles experts in the fields of real estate and land use planning to participate on panels worldwide, offering recommendations for complex planning and development projects, programs and policies. Panels have developed more than 700 studies for a broad range of land uses, ranging from waterfront properties to inner-city retail.

According to Thomas Eitler, senior vice president of ULI’s advisory services program, the strength of the program lies in ULI’s unique ability to draw on the substantial knowledge of its 40,000-plus members, including land developers, engineers, public officials, academics, lenders, architects, planners and urban designers.

“The independent views of the panelists bring a fresh perspective to the land use challenge,” Eitler said. “Since Hurricane Katrina, several ULI panels have assisted New Orleans with urban development issues, including advising on a development strategy for the World War II Museum and advising the New Orleans School District on the disposition of underused real estate assets. We look forward to returning to New Orleans to explore possibilities for Charity Hospital and offer recommendations on this important topic.”

Past sponsors of ULI advisory service panels include federal, state and local government agencies; regional councils of government; chambers of commerce; redevelopment authorities; private developers and property owners; community development corporations; lenders; historic preservation groups; non-profit community groups; environmental organizations and economic development agencies.

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. For more information, please visit uli.org or follow on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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