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Public housing to replace former Winn-Dixie

Demolition of old grocery building set to begin Tuesday
Machinery sits outside of the former Winn-Dixie at St. Louis and North Villere streets Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The building, which was used as a film set in recent years, will be torn down beginning Tuesday.

NEW ORLEANS -- A former Winn-Dixie that has been closed since Hurricane Katrina will meet the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for dozens of new public-housing units.

The Housing Authority of New Orleans said demolition of the grocery store at St. Louis and North Villere streets will begin at 2:30 p.m.

When the site next to the former Iberville Public Housing Development is cleared, work will begin on 76 mixed-income apartments. Groundbreaking is set for the fall of 2018.

The new housing is expected to cost $19.7 million and will be made up of two- and three-bedroom units for mixed-income families, HANO said.

Thirty of the units will serve as replacements for those lost when the old Iberville buildings were torn down. The remaining 46 will units will lease at market rate.

There have been 496 units build at the old Iberville site, now called Bienville Basin Community. Final construction of those units is underway, HANO said.

In recent years, the building had been used as a set in the HBO series "Treme" and still has the name Robideaux's Market on it from its role in the show.

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