the Strategic Planning Process

In February 2018, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) released a report commissioned by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation (LSU REFF) to find an adaptive reuse for the iconic Charity Hospital building.  The ULI report called for the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and the creation of a district that encompasses the former hospital site and the surrounding neighborhoods (bounded by Poydras Street, Claiborne Avenue, Iberville Street, and Loyola Avenue).

LSU REFF invited the Foundation to lead the strategic planning process for the Spirit of Charity Innovation District and is leading a separate process to select developers for the former Charity Hospital building.

The Spirit of Charity Innovation District strategic planning process will include robust community engagement, research and analysis of previous plans for the area, and the creation of a comprehensive strategy that incorporates economic development with a focus on equity, land use, affordable housing, mobility, and workforce development.

This planning process will be supported by George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis; The Data Center; JD Russell Consulting, LLC; and, DesignJones, LLC.

DesignJones, LLC, will lead collaborative public engagement that includes surveying residents, workforce, students, and commuters, as well as host stakeholder meetings, and community workshops with citywide participation. DesignJones, LLC has great experience facilitating authentic community engagement around development and most recently led the creation of the Master Plan for the Claiborne Cultural Innovation District, an area immediately adjacent to the proposed Spirit of Charity Innovation District.  The first community workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 25th, and is open to the public.  

The Spirit of Charity Innovation District strategy will be completed by September 15, 2018.

The Strategic Planning Process will engage the general public as well as key business, government and civic leaders.  The Foundation’s efforts are supported by partnerships with the BioDistrict New Orleans; Downtown Development District; GNO, Inc.; LSU; the New Orleans Business Alliance; and, Tulane University.

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