New Orleans City Officials Plan 35 Katrina Recovery Projects

February 25, 2008

New Orleans officials say design work is about to begin on 35 post-Katrina rebuilding projects in the city, including a park, community clinics and fire stations.

City recovery director Ed Blakely said the projects will cost an estimated $100 million total, with most of that expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said the list represents a new bundling-approach to projects, rather than one in which projects are handled individually.

He said the city will being working more quickly with $200 million from the state Legislature for infrastructure projects. There’s also been a reorganization at City Hall, with staff and resources focused solely on seeing projects to completion as part of a “project delivery unit.”

Officials plan to announce another 30 projects in a couple weeks, Blakely said.

Blakely said about 50 projects would be put out to architects, and that 22 architectural and design firms had been assigned to the 35 projects, but he declined to identify them, saying many contracts are still being negotiated.

Since Hurricane Katrina, City Hall has started 46 recovery projects, Blakely said.

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