ArtWorks building sale complete; culinary institute hopes to open in 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The Louisiana ArtWorks building on Howard Ave. in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

The plan to turn the failed Louisiana ArtWorks complex near Lee Circle into a high-end cooking school took a step closer to reality this week when the building’s sale went through.

The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute paid the city of New Orleans $6.2 million for the abandoned structure, two months after winning the right to redevelop the site at Howard Avenue and Carondelet Street.

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