Posted: Apr 18, 2011 4:56 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for a new medical center in New Orleans is taking place amid continued arguments over the size and cost of the new facility.
The medical center will replace the Katrina-shuttered Charity Hospital.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and directors of the board set up to oversee the new center were among participants scheduled to take part in Monday's ceremony. It happens as some in New Orleans have complained about the demolition of buildings to make room for the center.
Also, Sen. David Vitter says the planned $1.2 billion facility is too big and too costly. He is lobbying federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to reject the state's application for HUD-backed financing for part of the project.