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NEW ORLEANS - A remnant of Hurricane Katrina was demolished on Monday morning.

Crews tore down the former Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center to make way for a $1.6 million facility.

The center, which was built in 1949, first started off as a hospital, then turned into the Estelle Hubbard Home for the Incurables and, in 1980, was changed into a senior citizens center by the Council on Aging, according to Howard Rogers, the head of the council.

The facility will be rebuilt as a senior citizens center and an adult daycare operated by the Council on Aging, Rogers said.

'It will be a community center, back into the neighborhood and hopefully back into commerce in the next two years or so,' Rogers said.

Councilwoman Susan Guidry pushed FEMA to provide funds to put the building and program back together.

'To see it being torn down for a better purpose, I'm happy...I fought for this building,' said Shirley Butler, a nearby resident.

Construction on the new building is set to begin in 2013 and set to open in 2014.

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