The RFP suggests a wide range of potential uses for the property, including “an amusement or water park, projects related to the film industry, a family entertainment venue, a shopping center or other commercial or retail facility, a business or technology park, a ‘clean’ manufacturing facility, a warehouse, an office building or buildings, a hotel, resort or conference center, or any other appropriate use.”Last week during a City Council candidates' forum at Dillard University, District E candidates were asked about economic development in the East. Cynthia Willard-Lewis suggested there was a plan to, "Light up Six Flags and make a new Silicon Valley. But call it 'Silicon Bayou'"
Proposals for the site’s redevelopment can include some, all or none of the current infrastructure, which still includes theme-park rides.
IDB Chairman Alan Philipson said he hopes the solicitation yields “strong, viable” proposals. The IDB owns the property.
“We want to make sure that any proposal that is accepted is viable and welcomed by the community,” Philipson said. “It’s an exciting time for the city and certainly an exciting time for eastern New Orleans.”
The proposals must be accompanied by a $5,000 non-refundable deposit, and developers must agree to give disadvantaged business enterprises at least a 35 percent share in their project.
Who knows what she meant? Maybe it's some kind of log ride. Or maybe it has something to do with Greg Meffert. In any case, I'm pretty sure Cynthia Willard-Lewis owes IDB $5,000 now.