Throughout the entire Six Flags RFQ process, TPC-NOLA, Inc. has strived for transparency. With each City Hall iteration, we have posted our proposals publicly. This time has been no different. Unfortunately, City Hall has taken the opposite approach.
TPC-NOLA, Inc. believes the public deserves the opportunity to review all six proposals. The community has had to live with this property, that the City continues to neglect, in their backyards for over 15 years. YOU are the stakeholders, not downtown interests or City Hall employees.
NEW ORLEANS – The Selection Review Committee to hear from the developers who submitted the RFQ for the former Six Flags site initially scheduled for last week has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 16, at 12 PM. Further information on the committee, meeting agenda and selection criteria are below.
SELECTION REVIEW COMMITTEE
This Selection Review Committee will be comprised of the following members:
The Chief Administrative Officer, or his designee;
The Chief Financial Officer, or his designee;
The manager of the User Entity requesting the service, or his designee;
The employee who will manage and monitor the contract; and
A professional from within local government who possesses expertise in the relevant field.
The Agenda will be as follows:
Call To Order
Additional Agenda Item(s)
Introduction of Selection Committee Members
Opportunity for Public Comment
Discussion, Evaluation, Rating and Selection of the Best Respondent Offering the Best Value in Response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released by the City of New Orleans for: RFQ No. 961 – Six Flags/Jazzland Site Redevelopment
NOTE: The Committee hereby gives notice that it may adjourn into executive session for the purpose of discussing the character and professional competence of each respondent, as permitted in La. R.S. 42:6.1.A(1).
Announcement of Respondents’ Rankings and the Selection Committee’s Recommendation
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A concise history of the shuttered Jazzland/Six Flags New Orleans theme park, which never reopened after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Archival footage and interviews with people who worked and/or played there.
Outdoor screening: Noon Monday, Nov. 9 on the Lafitte Greenway.
Virtual cinema: Available beginning 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8
New Orleans East residents, some in green shirts to show their support for bringing back the Jazzland amusement park, recently assembled at the newly constructed Franklin Avenue Baptist Church with hopeful expectation of hearing positive news regarding an assessment of the site which was once the location of one of New Orleans East’s main attractions — the 60-acre, former Six Flags / Jazzland amusement park.
Unfortunately, since the devastation of hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed, the amusement park has been sitting untouched, for at least 14 years, with the exception of movie productions and vandalism.
I would like to point out a few things from the “Strategic Opportunities Assessment” report. The conclusion appears to be:
“Based on the market context, the study area conditions, and input from stakeholders, the redevelopment opportunity for Jazzland with the highest potential to promote the community goals is an “education destination” that merges the benefits of the higher education and tourism sectors. The destination will be centered on the story and science of resiliency and climate change, providing research, innovation, education, and exploration opportunities. These opportunities will further and promote our understanding of living with water and propel New Orleans to be a leader in the global water economy.”
The gist of it is to me, is that they feel the target market/potential patrons/visitors would be ecotourists and visiting scholars doing research on the effects of climate change and water management. It doesn’t sound like there is a need yet for the facility they propose.