Last of the big housing projects coming down in N.O.
Dave Cohen Reporting
Crews today are starting to tear down the Iberville Housing Project on the edge of the French Quarter.
The Housing Authority of New Orleans say it is "the City's last standing conventional public housing development."
HANO says that today marks the beginning of the demolition of 59 of the 75 buildings on the site of the Iberville Housing Development.
"The revitalization of the Iberville housing site and the implementation of HUD's $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative will reenergize Iberville and Treme," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a news release. "The construction of new, low, moderate and market rate housing complete with retail, school, and public space improvements will strengthen these important neighborhoods that are at the heart of our city."
The mayor adds that building new mixed income communities in place of the development will be better for everyone.
"By connecting residents with wrap around services like high quality resources, programs, and training in workforce development, education, health, and transit, New Orleans will stand as a national model for redeveloping urban neighborhoods. This project will create better housing, safer streets, and economic development."
This comes after the feds provided cash for the project to replace the project built in 1941.
In 2011, HUD gave HANO and the City of New Orleans $30.5 million to transform the Iberville development and to revitalize the historic Treme neighborhood.
City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer said, "This demolition brings us one step closer to the complete redevelopment of Iberville. I commend HANO for creating a plan that incorporates the area's history and historic structures into the final design. The demolition is also an opportunity for the city to create jobs, support local small businesses and DBE's, and provide work experience and workforce skills for our citizens. The redevelopment will incorporate a construction training program for residents, which is essential, as cultivating our own citizens with job development skills is key to the viability of our city long-term."
Officials say about 100 families are still living in the housing project, but will be moved out by January.