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Apr 26, 2014 11:55 AM by AP

Council delays discussion on development proposal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The City Council has delayed consideration of a proposal to build multistory buildings at the site of the former Holy Cross School in the Lower 9th Ward.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the council will take up the matter on May 8.

The proposal has drawn criticism from residents who say the proposed buildings are too tall to be compatible with architecture in the surrounding neighborhood.

Developers and other supporters argue the mixed-use towers would bring economic development for an area that has struggled to rebound since Hurricane Katrina brought extensive flooding to the area in August 2005.

The school moved to the city's Lakefront neighborhood after the hurricane.

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