Official: Majority of N.O. Rebuilding to Be Done in 2010

Fri May 15, 2009 - Southeast Edition

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The rebuilding of the “vast majority’’ of public buildings damaged by Hurricane Katrina will be finished next year, a city official said.

But capital projects director Bill Chrisman said that won’t include larger, more complex projects, such as the Municipal Yacht Harbor. Questions of funding and what to do with some city-owned jails, empty since the 2005 storm, also are still unresolved.

Chrisman said most city recovery projects are $5 million or less and those are the ones he believes can be finished by next year. He cited factors such as the current construction schedule and what he sees as an improved working relationship with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said 2010 is realistic.

Randy Richardson, program manager for New Orleans’ project management team, was more conservative in his estimate, saying he believed the buildings’ work would be “substantially complete’’ by the end of 2011.