The City of New Orleans on Thursday announced that 1031 Canal Development LLC, the developers of the Hard Rock Hotel, failed to submit a detailed plan for the demolition of the Hard Rock site. The plan is required by the Civil District Court and was to be submitted to the city for review on today, April 9.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell released the following statement:
"The City is deeply disappointed, but not surprised, by the failure of 1031 Canal to comply with the Court's requirement that they submit a detailed plan for the demolition of the Hard Rock site, stamped by a licensed engineer. This failure further delays efforts to recover the remains of the victims, demolish the building safely, and reopen the economic heart of our city."
The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed last October. In January, strong winds blew loose a tarp from the hotel, exposing the remains of one of the victims of the collapse. There are two bodies still in the collapsed hotel.
The demolition of the hotel has been pushed back several times, most recently from March to April of this year.
WWL-TV reports that a contract with a company to demolish the building was signed on March 18, but the developers were told the company, DH Griffin Wrecking, was unable to obtain insurance for the project.