New Orleans City Planners Deadlock On Ferry Terminal Demo

Canal Street Ferry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans City Planning Commission has deadlocked on a plan to tear down the dilapidated Canal Street ferry terminal for replacement with a glass building.

         News outlets report that the City Council now gets the proposal from the Regional Transit Authority and its operator, Paris-based Transdev.

         The $32 million project also would make a walkway between the aquarium and Riverwalk shopping mall. The agencies say they have $15 million in federal grants.

         Opponents say the plan caters to tourists, not commuters, and lacks shelters and a pedestrian walkway across busy train tracks.

         The planning commission voted 4-3 Tuesday in favor of the proposal. An official recommendation needs five votes.

         Commissioner Robert Steeg says he wants to see designs for the proposed new terminal before approving demolition.


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