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Nagin Administration Roofs Building, Tears it down

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  Former Mayor Ray Nagin's administration apparently replaced the roof on the 7th District police station using FEMA funds — shortly before knocking down the entire building, according to a report given to the City Council's Disaster and Recovery Committee on June 30. Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant passed out a facilities project list showing the status of various recovery projects, which prompted a question from District E Councilman Jon Johnson: "If you look on the second page, you'll see that the 7th District police station was demolished, and on the next page we've got the roof ... so did we put a roof on the building and then demolish it?"

  "Councilman, I wouldn't be at all surprised," Grant responded. The district station, which is located in Johnson's eastern New Orleans council district, still operates out of temporary office buildings on Lake Forest Boulevard. The old station site is at the corner of Dwyer Road and Read Boulevard, where a new station is under construction. "This is sad," Johnson said. "I mean, real, real sad." — Matt Davis

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