City responds to Municipal Auditorium concerns

Shattered window at the Municipal Auditorium
Shattered window at the Municipal Auditorium

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE)- Some French Quarter neighbors express concerns about the condition of what was once considered the crown jewel of Armstrong Park.

The Municipal Auditorium has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.

Leo Watermeier reached out to FOX 8. He said homeless people constantly break in. Our photographer found a glass door that had been knocked out and several shattered windows.

"You know, blighted buildings attract problems, attract crime," said Watermeier. "The park has come back really nice in the last few years and this is a dredge on the park."

Watermeier said city officials told him that they're in a battle with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over getting the damage covered.

In a statement tonight, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration said that crews boarded up the Municipal Auditorium and the NOPD is patrolling the area.

The city also said it negotiated a deal with FEMA to get $20 million in funds restore the building. Work is already underway and should run through October of 2015.

The park and one of its buildings, the Mahalia Jackson Theater, are open to the public.