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City official, Hard Rock owners respond to demolition delay

Updated: Apr. 22, 2020 at 4:06 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The city and developers are currently exchanging questions for a recently submitted plan to demolish the Hard Rock construction site. The fifth, most recently submitted plan is currently being reviewed by the city.

Ramsey Green, Deputy CAO for Infrastructure, held an update on the demolition of the Hard Rock construction site on Wednesday, April 22.

“We really just want to come out and say very publicly that the city’s objectives on the Hard Rock remain unchanged. And that is that the developer, the owner, is responsible for three things: retrieving the human remains still in the building, demolishing the building in a safe manner, and reopening the central core to our city as quickly as possible,” Green said.

Since the latest demolition plan was submitted, the city and the developers’ team are reviewing and exchanging information on how to go about the plan, according to Green.

Almost six months have gone by since the building collapsed.

“We hope that plan works, but we also are past the time of any additional plans. We need this building down, the remains recovered, and this done in a safe manner,” Green said. “We need the building down, remains recovered and this done in a safe manner. That is the story.”

Green also reiterated that this process will be paid for by the owners of the Hard Rock.

The owners of the Hard Rock responded with the following statement:

“We deeply regret that the City has chosen to confuse the public by putting out a statement of half-truths and inaccuracies. The irony is that the building would almost be completely down by now, and the remains recovered, had the City allowed us to begin demolition when we first proposed doing so.”

“Our care and concern remain with the families of those who have been affected as well as with the citizens of New Orleans. We will continue undeterred in pursuing the safest and most expeditious demolition possible.”

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