Local authorities have approved plans to build an outlet mall on the former site of Six Flags New Orleans, which would also see several of the park's rides restored and reopened.
WWLTV.com reports that the selection committee overseeing plans for the site voted unanimously to give the go-ahead to the proposal, which would see the installation of a 400,000 square feet outlet mall. However, funding for the project has yet to be finalized.
The consortium behind the mall concept, DAG Development and Provident Realty Advisers, plans to retain a number of Six Flags New Orleans' rides as part of a boardwalk entertainment district alongside the shopping area. This is expected to form part of a second phase of development, with the first set to focus on building retail space.
In February, city officials rejected a bid from RCS Entertainment, which would have seen Six Flags New Orleans 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.
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.