I've been researching this project for a while now, in selfish terms, I must admit, because I wanted to know what kind of an impact it would have on the area. I emailed the local director (Brad Pitt is the face, but of course he's not on the ground) about our moving to the area and wanting to know more--especially because the groundbreaking has perpetually been getting pushed back. He sent me a vague form-email saying "thanks for your interest in New Orleans!" Oh-kaaaayy... No date set.
Well, in the Metro section of today's T-P, the approval of the project was announced. This was a happy anecdote to what was an otherwise odd day (incredibly beautiful weather, but then the news of the "Virginia Tech Massacre," which naturally rattled me and my office-mate... we see a lot of frayed nerves at school, post-K).
The modifications mentioned in the T-P piece are not nearly as radical as I'd thought they'd need to be given the way Holy Cross looks now: historic and very New Orleans (scrolly-shotguns and all), and the way the project looks:
(You can see the complete plans here.)
It's definitely going to stick out, but I say bring it on.
Now, if we could just get the go ahead from our friend Gavin the contractor, who's contemplating renovating "our" house. If he can't, I don't know what we will do, as the PRC has asked us to lose too much house for the cost. $130+ per square foot on the Other Side of the Industrial Canal is asking a lot--even for two young and energetic teachers.
Well, two young teachers, anyway.