From new office, retail, hotel and apartments to a grand vision for celebrating New Orleans tricentennial, the hopefuls for redeveloping the New Orleans World Trade Center site made their proposals today to city officials.
City officials said whatever project they go with, it needs to be the best deal for taxpayers.
"Part of the question for the city is, if we're going to do this project, what is the value for the taxpayers?" asked deputy mayor Andy Kopplin.
The city's selection committee also wanted to make sure there is public access, and the project just won't be for tourists or wealthy lease-holders.
One of the competitors for the redevelopment, the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Tricentennial Commission, originally proposed demolishing the high-rise in favor of building a tourist attraction. Backlash over demolishing the X-shaped skyscraper led to the commission announcing they would be willing to keep the building intact if selected.
The site selection committee should be ready to make a recommendation next month.