“They never told us anything,” said Debra Andrews, who lives near the construction site. She said she never received any documents with information about the project. “Or what to expect.”
While there are only a few houses left of that area’s once-thriving neighborhood, residents say they still deserved to be notified of such a large project. The cost of demolishing the current substation is estimated at $1 million with a projected cost of $3.4 million to rebuild it.
“It made the whole house shake and tremble,” said Andrews of the demolition, who lives on the 700 block of South Genois Street.
Entergy’s building permit application states it plans to “demolish, remove, and rebuild” the substation at 3640 Gravier St. The permit shows the value of the proposed work at $3,440,000.
“In order to provide electricity to the new VA and LSU hospitals currently being built in Mid-city New Orleans, Entergy New Orleans, Inc. will completely demolish and rebuild its Midtown Substation,” wrote David Moity in a letter attached to the permit request. Moity is the right-of-way agent for Entergy Louisiana LLC.
Entergy submitted a check for $20,700 for the building permit, along with a $5,540 check with the demolition permit.Andrews said some of her kitchen tiles have cracked since the demolition began, and she’s also noticed a crack in her living room wall.
She said there’s just been “too much movement in the house” and worries about what it has done to its structural integrity. She said she’s spoken to neighbors who agree.
“They just don’t care that people live here,” she said.
Entergy New Orleans did not respond to repeated requests for comment.