Tulane University files suit against city of New Orleans

Artist's rendering of the proposed stadium at Tulane
Artist's rendering of the proposed stadium at Tulane

New Orleans, La. - Tulane University slapped the city of New Orleans with a lawsuit Wednesday.

Tulane wants to block the creation of a controversial interim zoning district.

Just two weeks ago, the city council approved the special district which gives the city planning commission oversight of the new stadium.

It also means construction could be delayed.

Tulane wants to build a 30,000-thousand stadium seat built by 2014.

FOX 8 contacted the Mayor's Office for reaction, and we received their response Wednesday afternoon.

"The Mayor has said that he believes the proposed IZD is ill-advised, contrary to the Master Plan and will thwart progress for our universities, which are economic engines for our city," reads a statement sent by email.  "The lawsuit raises valid points and has merit. The Mayor advised the City Council of his position before they voted on the motion."