The wax figures that for years adorned the now-closed Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum in the French Quarter could turn up again in an unexpected place -- the old Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans East.
But only if the agency in charge of the site picks one particular developer to revamp it, which may be a long shot.
TPC-NOLA Inc., a company that wants to resurrect the old Jazzland Theme Park that used to occupy the 220-acre site, says it has reached a deal with the Musée Conti to incorporate the wax figures into its proposal.
The sculptures of famous local figures were left without a permanent home after the museum closed in January to make way for luxury condominiums.
“We are excited to be able to preserve this New Orleans treasure and to give it new life,” TPC-NOLA President Tonya Pope said.
Jazzland operated only two seasons before going bankrupt. It was scooped up in 2002 by Six Flags Entertainment, which had its own financial woes over its three-year tenure and never reopened the site after Hurricane Katrina.
It’s unclear if Jazzland will get another go. The Industrial Development Board, a 15-member public corporation that owns the land, is mulling whether to sell it, bring in a national real estate firm to manage it or hand it over to the city.
Developers got another chance Tuesday to pitch ideas for redeveloping the abandoned Six Flag…
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration is not inclined to take the land, a stance that has irritated several members of the development board. But city officials have been in talks with at least three developers about the site.
The board paid a private firm $23,500 to gauge the site’s value last month, in preparation for a possible sale. That firm, the McEnery Co., said Tuesday it expects to complete the job by August.
Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams last pegged the property's value at $54.5 million, but board members have questioned whether that figure is still accurate, given the property's deterioration over the years.
If TPC-NOLA is chosen to redevelop the site, Pope said she plans to create a ride that would take guests through historic New Orleans scenes, where most of the museum's wax figures would be displayed.
The Musée Conti's "haunted dungeon" figures would be used separately, and primarily during the Halloween season.