Old Pallas Hotel building set to be imploded

New Orleans, La. - The demolition of the old Pallas Hotel building is now set for July.  The 60 year old building at the corner of Claiborne and Canal Streets will be imploded on July 22nd to make way for the University Medical Center.

The state halted the demolition late last year to deal with abatement issues.

Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said, "This undertaking marks yet another milestone as we move toward the construction of the University Medical Center, which will ultimately bring world-class medical care to the city of New Orleans and the surrounding region. Imploding the former Pallas Hotel – one of the last remaining structures on the site – is the safest, fastest and most-cost effective way to remove the building from the footprint to make way for construction."

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, "Removing this eyesore will make way for one of the most important developments in our city's history and takes us one step closer to bringing top-notch medical care and research to our region. We are working closely with the State to ensure that this implosion goes smoothly and has minimal impact on the surrounding community."

A complete closure of a section of Interstate 10 both east and west bound will occur before the implosion. Interstate 10 will reopen after any dust is removed from the road and the structure has been inspected by the Department of Transportation and Development. The closure is expected to last at least eight hours.