Local authorities have rejected plans to reopen the shuttered Six Flags New Orleans as a theme park, with a project to build an outlet mall on the site now the preferred option.
Nola.com reports that the selection committee overseeing plans for the site has rejected a bid from RCS Entertainment, which would have seen the park reopened as Crescent City Amusement Park. The firm's lack of experience in building and operating theme parks was cited as the primary reason for the decision.
The only remaining option of the eight that were originally submitted for the Six Flags New Orleans site is that of DAG Development and Provident Realty Advisers. The consortium proposes to build a 400,000 square feet outlet mall on the site. The group's original plans also included the construction of a smaller theme park and a boardwalk entertainment district alongside the mall, if it proves to be successful.
If the city approves the outlet mall plan, DAG Development and Provident Realty Advisers will have up to one year to conduct a feasibility study on whether to move forward with the project.
Theme Park Tourist recently took an in-depth look at the fate of Six Flags New Orleans, which lies in disrepair having been badly hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
Six Flags New Orleans closed following the hurricane, and the site has been out of use ever since. In October 2009, former operator Six Flags reached an agreement with the City of New Orleans to terminate the remainder of its lease for the site.