NEW ORLEANS, La. - Crews are set to begin to demolish part of the Iberville Housing Development Tuesday, in an effort to improve the city's last standing conventional public housing development.
The demolition of the Iberville Housing Development is just one part of a master plan to revitalize the Iberville and Treme neighborhoods.
The demolition will begin with knocking down the current buildings, in order to put up better housing, but also in an attempt to make the streets safer and increase economic development in the area.
The Housing Authority of New Orleans and the City of New Orleans will begin demolishing 59 of the 75 buildings on the site, part of what the Federal Government is calling The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.
The program provided over $30 million to transform the development and the Treme neighborhood.
The plan calls for the replacement of over 800 residential units at Iberville, both on-site and in the surrounding neighborhood, and the revitalization of more than 300 blocks within the boundaries of Rampart Street, Tulane Avenue, Broad Street, and St. Bernard Avenue.
The full plan is estimated to cost approximately $600 million.
The new development will be a mix of low, moderate, and mixed income housing options.
As for the people who called Iberville home, officials say over 250 families have been relocated off-site and the other 100 families will be relocated by January 2014.
The first phase of demolition begins Tuesday and is expected to be finished by October, followed soon after by a first phase of construction.