Hard Rock Hotel

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Recovery of the remains of two workers killed in the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site last October could begin at the end of this week or early next week, New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Ben Depp / For WWNO

More than five months after the catastrophic collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, demolition of the badly damaged site finally appears imminent.

Demolition of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel will begin in April, Mayor LaToya Cantrell's office announced Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging press conference, Communications Director Beau Tidwell said part of the reason for the continued delay is the city's effort to work around French Quarter Festival and other festivals. But the contract for demolition needs to be worked out between the property owners and the demolition contractors and is out of the city's hands.

Lawmakers in New Orleans have gotten an update on two costly disasters that won’t be resolved for several months — the very visible October hotel construction site collapse on Canal Street and the December covert cyber attack on city computers.

The New Orleans City Council Budget Committee is set to review costs of two major accidents — the collapse of the partially built Hard Rock Hotel in October and the December cyber attack on city computers.