Tuesday afternoon, a judge in New Orleans Civil District Court threw out a request to delay the demolition of the Dixie Brewery building on Tulane Avenue.
The building sits in the footprint of the new medical complex under construction in Mid-City. Plans call for the Dixie property to be incorporated into the massive project.
But the family that owns the brewery says the state and Veterans Administration have no right to take the property. Their attorneys say only the facade of the building will survive the demolition plan. They also say the property’s water well will be closed permanently.
“They’re taking this historic property. They’re going to demolish it, contradicting their prior agreements, contradicting the law, and capping this unique well that’s in New Orleans,” attorney Robert Evans told WGNO News after Tuesday afternoon’s hearing.
The owners of the building say they have investors who are interested in restoring the brewery portion of the building while adding a restaurant and residential space.
The brewery is at the center of a hard-fought legal battle that’s visited both state and federal courtrooms. Dixie’s attorneys plan to appeal the decision by the judge Tuesday afternoon.