1,500-ton school being moved to make way for medical CenterUPDATED 7:12 AM HST Dec 16, 2013Video Transcript
AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STRUCTURES, AT THE SITE OF THE NEW UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IN MID-CITY. TONIGHT ANOTHER HISTORIC MOVE IS UNDERWAY. IT IS A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING.. CREWS ARE MOVING A 15- HUNDRED TON SCHOOL BUILDING.. W-D-S-U ANCHOR RACHEL WULFF TELLS US - WHY PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW PROCESS - WAS NECESSARY. the old mcdonogh school no 11 has been sitting on this site waiting to move..today its journey begins. IF YOU LOOK REALLY CLOSELY.. YOU CAN SEE THE WHEELS OF PROGRESS ...SLOWLY TURNING. 8:08 it's always exciting to save something historical like this.. THE OLD "MCDONOGH 11" ....BUILT IN THE LATE 1870'S IS MOVING.... INCH.. BY INCH. ORLEANS SHORING IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUDGING THE 1528 TON STRUCTURE TO ITS NEW RESTING PLACE -- SAFELY. 05:17 we're moving it forward about another 100 feet. Then we're going to turn the dollies to direct it to a new position. 25 THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID 3 MILLION DOLLARS TO REBUILD THE HISTORIC STRUCTURE POST-KATRINA.... BUT WHEN THE STATE ANNOUNCED PLANS TO DEVELOP THE 34 ACRES ALL AROUND IT. SOME FEARED IT WOULD BE DEMOLISHED... AND ONE OF THE WORKS OF NOTED ARCHITECT WILLIAM FRERET WOULD BE LOST. INSTEAD THE STATE DECIDED TO SPEND OVER A MILLION DOLLARS TO MOVE THE SCHOOL. 6:23 we have dollies that actually have.. Dollies meaning the wheels underneath it.. to support it.. Actually have jacks.. that continue to push fluid to keep it level as it moves forward.. so moving very slowly, but each jack compensates for the ground settling and changing. 40 CREWS WILL PILE DIRT OVER S. DERBIGNY... AND HAVE ALREADY TURNED OFF ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION WIRES TO ALLOW THE STRUCTURE TO MAKE ITS WAY TO THE SITE OF THE OLD PALACE HOTEL.. A TEMPORARY STOP FOR MCDONOGH 11. ONCE PILINGS ARE DRIVEN AND THE FOUNDATION IS READY.. THE SCHOOL WILL MAKE ITS FINAL MOVE TO A LOCATION IN THE LOOP OF THE EYE-TEN CANAL STREET OFFRAMP. IN THE MEANTIME. CONSTRUCTION IS BOOMING.... 21:22 it's amazing.. they say 2015. This thing may be done by the last part of 2014. DWANA TERRANCE WITH ANITA'S GRILL ON TULANE AVENUE.. SAYS THE WORK CAN'T GET DONE FAST ENOUGH. SHE IS HUNGRY FOR BUSINESS TO RETURN. 22:00 it has affected our regular customers as far as streets being closed--cause they have no way of getting here. 28:06 friday night at 9pm the I-10 offramp to canal street. Will be closed at south derbigny as the school is moved across the street and on it's way to it's final destination. Oys in mid-city. Rw wdsu news. 18 THE STATE PURCHASED THE BUILDING FROM THE ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IN JUNE, 2011. A FINAL RE-USE FOR THE FACILITY HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.