July 5, 2020

Monumental Heist

A Story of Race; A Race to the White House

2014 $35 Million Federal Grant for Emergency Operations Center Missing

As reported by WWL-TV

“But five years after the Navy transferred the property to the city in good condition — using a special no-cost transfer that wasn’t done for any other base closure in the country — the proud old Naval Support Activity center is an embarrassing eyesore, littered with graffiti, broken glass and rotting office furniture, and overrun by vagrants.

A WWL-TV investigation has found that the recently departed administration of Mayor Mitch Landrieu diverted at least $40 million in federal grants from Navy base redevelopment to other projects. And there is no prospect of getting any new federal aid as Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s team seeks to renegotiate terms with a development team that has been itching to start since the city selected it in 2012.”