A community center is bringing new life to a historic New Orleans neighborhood.
The Treme Center is re-opening its doors today after it was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina.
Just before noon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and students from Craig Charter School cut the ribbon for the center, celebrating the re-opening of a building that means a lot to the community.
With the help of FEMA and other groups that contributed funds, the Treme Center got a $5.6 million renovation.
The two-story building includes a new roof, a gym, a pool, an arts and craft area and a new computer lab.
“The Treme Center is a cornerstone of the community,” said Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant, who later added, “It’s the heart and soul of the community and we’re glad to put it back into place.”
Treme resident Pamela Monroe is happy to see the community center back for many reasons and hopes that it can help eliminate some of the problems that face the neighborhood.
“It’s good for the community,” she said. “Of course you know we have a lot of crime and it’s going to deter a lot of people from violence. We need this in this community.”
Landrieu, meanwhile, spoke about how the Treme Center will be part of the synergy for the neighborhood because of its location near Armstrong Park and the Iberville Projects.