NEW ORLEANS – City leaders broke ground Monday on renovations to the St. Roch Market, a historic site that has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.
Monday afternoon, federal, state and local officials gathered to break ground on the redevelopment of the 8,600-square foot facility. The $3.7 million renovation is expected to be completed by March 2013.
The project is one of 100 recovery capital projects currently being funded by the city.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the renovations, through the federal-state-local partnership, will better serve the neighborhood.
“Today is really exciting because we are going to again create another federal and state local partnership to put this building back in commerce so that it can become the center of this very important neighborhood,” Landrieu said.
The repairs will include a new roof, outside masonry repairs and a complete restoration of the interior. The goal is to open the spot as a marketplace again, with fresh seafood, produce, meats, baked goods and prepared foods.
Along with the building renovation, officials said they will start work in August to revitalize the neutral ground on St. Roch Ave.