City Celebrates Opening Of New Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Landrieu, City officials and FEMA celebrated the opening of the new $3.4 million Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center facility at 3300 Hamilton St.

         The new senior center is the second facility dedicated to serving New Orleans’ seniors to open this year, following the opening this summer of the Lower Ninth Ward Senior Center in the new Sanchez Center in the Lower Ninth Ward.

         “The new multi-purpose Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center is open to the public and will once again serve as an important anchor to this neighborhood,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Our seniors deserve a top notch facility. Together with the New Orleans Council on Aging and FEMA, we have delivered on that promise to provide quality activities and important resources for our seniors. As one of my administration’s committed capital projects, this is another example that we’re building a stronger, more resilient New Orleans that meets our community’s needs.”

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         U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond said, “Our seniors are the pillars of our community and it is important to show them the same love and reverence that they have shown us. The opening of the Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center represents our commitment to our seniors and provides a state-of-the-art facility that offers the care and services that they both need and deserve.”

         District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said, “The re-opening of the Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center marks another incredible milestone in the recovery and revitalization of Hollygrove. For decades prior to Hurricane Katrina, this facility was at the heart of community life in Hollygrove, and its return has been one of my top priority projects since taking office. It is my privilege to represent Hollygrove and Carrollton on the Council and to partner with the citizen leaders who work tirelessly to advocate for their community. I would like to thank Mayor Landrieu, Capital Projects, the Council on Aging, FEMA, AARP, Tulane, Trinity Christian Community, the Carrollton Hollygrove CDC, Hollygrove Seniors, Hollygrove Neighbors, and all of the dedicated individuals and organizations who continue to work toward a bright future for this wonderful neighborhood.”

         Constructed in 1940, the former Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center building was originally founded by Dr. P.T. Robinson as the second hospital in New Orleans for African Americans. The senior center was later established in 1977 by Emelda Washington, the first director of Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center. The former senior center was declared substantially damaged by FEMA after Hurricane Katrina, making it eligible for a 100 percent at-cost replacement. It was demolished in 2012.

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         The new Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center includes an 11,600-square-foot, two-story multi-purpose space for senior day care activities. Features include an exercise room, dining lounge and patio, computer and library room, multi-purpose room for arts and crafts, conference room and commercial grade kitchen. Services at the new Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center will include recreation, information, hot meals, transportation, computer education, medical exams and preventative health classes. An adult day care unit will be established in the future.

         The Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center will be operated by the New Orleans Council on Aging. The agency is responsible for insuring that a comprehensive and coordinated assortment of social, recreational, educational and nutritional services are provided to persons aged 60 and over in New Orleans. The City’s proposed 2016 operating budget increases funding for the New Orleans Council on Aging to operate the new Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center.

         Howard L. Rodgers III, Executive Director of New Orleans Council on Aging, said, “We are very grateful to AARP, former Councilmember Arnie Fielkow, Carrollton Hollygrove community leaders, the staff of the New Orleans Council on Aging, the dedication of Councilmember Susan Guidry and the commitment of Mayor Mitch Landrieu to make this a reality. It is a great day to return a needed social service and community focal point to the Carrollton Hollygrove neighborhood.”

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         Charlotte Parent, Director of Health for the City of New Orleans, said, “It is a joy to welcome the Hollygrove Senior Center to its new home. This facility holds great promise for Hollygrove, not only for seniors, but also for residents across the life course. As a part of our Best Babies Zone initiative to improve birth outcomes in Hollygrove, several Health Department staff will be located in the senior center to provide education and outreach services. We look forward to continued partnership with seniors in the neighborhood, who have been leading advocates for health and wellbeing in Hollygrove.”

         The new Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center was designed by In-Site Developments, LLC and is constructed by Wharton Smith, Inc. Alternative Source Inc., Rufino’s Painting & Construction, Mackie One Construction, A&A Mechanical Inc., and Malone Electrical Service Inc. served as DBEs on this project. Funding for this $3.4 million project came from FEMA recovery dollars, Misc. Capital Funds and City bond funds.

         Cedric Grant, Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, said, “In partnership with FEMA and the New Orleans Council on Aging, we haven’t just rebuilt the Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center, we have constructed a state-of-the-art, resilient facility that is bigger and better than before. Our senior citizens deserve only the best and we have delivered for them. Having grown up in Hollygrove, I know how important this anchor is for the community. Its doors are once again open to enhance the lives of those that take advantage of all that it offers.”

         Mike Womack, Executive Director of the FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office, said, “For many years, the Carrollton Hollygrove Center has served as a local hub for social, educational and health activities for neighborhood seniors. FEMA is pleased to join its state and local recovery partners in opening a new, more resilient facility to once again provide these services.”

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