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Nov 12, 2013 8:28 AM by Kristen Holloway

Demolition of The Old Lourdes Hospital Raises Questions

The Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital building on St. Landry Street is being torn down, but many people are wondering why not do something with the building instead of leveling it.

There's been some public outcry about the demolition after we posted a picture on our Facebook page days ago. Of the 168 comments, the most common response, why not use the old building and make it into a veterans hospital?

"It was an older facility that required a lot renovation, it would required a lot of investment for them to do that so at this point in time I think the VA looked at other alternatives," said Elizabeth Arnold AVP of Marketing & Communications for Lourdes.

Arnold says what you couldn't see from the outside is how poor of condition the old hospital was truly in. She says there would have to be so much time and more importantly money spent in trying to bring it up to code. It , at the end of day, wasn't worth it for anyone.

"For us to have the efficiencies of here and now health care it was really beneficial to build from the ground up," said Arnold. "I think the same thing would apply for the veterans, this building was very large for what their needs were and so they're probably going to be better served building from the ground up as well."

Since Lourdes relocated to its new complex on Ambassador Caffery in June 2011, UL has been one of the most interested buyers offering $10.8 million for the complex.

"There have been several price changes for the property but the negotiations with the university have been sealed and confidential," said Arnold. "It will be a green space for now as we look at further development."

This is the second month of the three month process but not everything is being torn down. The two parking garages will stay in tact as well as the two medical office buildings that are still being used.

"They are being utilized for our outpatient rehab, we have an imaging center here, physician offices and a fitness center," said Arnold. "Our business office folks are here for Our Lady of Lourdes so this is kind of a second location for us."

The demolition of the hospital is scheduled to finish at the end of this year.The Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital building on St. Landry Street is being torn down but there are so many people wondering why not do something with the building instead of leveling it.

There's been some public outcry about the demolition after we posted a picture on our Facebook page days ago. Of the 168 comments, the most common response was why not use the old building and make it into a veterans hospital?

"It was an older facility that required a lot renovation. It would required a lot of investment for them to do that. So, at this point, in time, I think, the VA looked at other alternatives," said Elizabeth Arnold AVP of Marketing & Communications for Lourdes.

Arnold says what you couldn't see from the outside is how poor of condition the old hospital was truly in. She says there would have to be so much time and, more importantly, money spent in trying to bring it up to code. It, at the end of day, wasn't worth it for anyone.

"For us, to have the efficiencies of here and now health care, it was really beneficial to build from the ground up," said Arnold. "I think the same thing would apply for the veterans. This building was very large for what their needs were and so they're probably going to be better served building from the ground up as well."

Since Lourdes relocated to its new complex on Ambassador Caffery in June 2011, UL has been one of the most interested buyers, offering $10.8 million for the complex.

"There have been several price changes for the property, but the negotiations with the university have been sealed and confidential," said Arnold. "It will be a green space for now as we look at further development."

This is the second month of the three-month process, but not everything is being torn down. The two parking garages will stay in tact as well as the two medical office buildings that are still being used.

"They are being utilized for our outpatient rehab, we have an imaging center here, physician offices and a fitness center," said Arnold. "Our business office folks are here for Our Lady of Lourdes, so this is kind of a second location for us."

The demolition of the hospital is scheduled to finish at the end of this year.

 

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