City demolishes blighted house weeks after it was sold to developer to rehab

Photo provided by the City of New Orleans -- This blighted home at 2335 Conti Street was demolished by a city contractor after being purchased by Peter Gardner. Gardner had plans to renovate the home.
Photo provided by the City of New Orleans -- This blighted home at 2335 Conti Street was demolished by a city contractor after being purchased by Peter Gardner. Gardner had plans to renovate the home.

BY KAREN GADBOIS

The Lens

In April, Peter Gardner bought a blighted house at 2335 Conti St. from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. He was given a year to renovate the small house in Mid-City, so he stabilized it and started to work on financing and architectural plans.

Monday morning, he drove up and was shocked to see that the building was gone — demolished earlier that day by a city contractor.

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City demolishes blighted house months after it was sold to developer to rehab