St. John Leaders Hope To Redevelop Public Housing

LAPLACE, LA (AP) — Public housing officials in St. John the Baptist Parish are in the process of selecting a developer to determine how to replace the parish's mostly dilapidated public housing units with mixed-income properties.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Richard Thompson reports six firms have responded to the agency's request for qualifications, which the St. John Housing Authority released to gauge interest in redeveloping its 296-unit system, spanning LaPlace, Reserve, Garyville and Edgard.

         Trina Henderson, the authority's executive director, cited Columbia Parc, the $440 million development on the site of the former St. Bernard housing complex in New Orleans, as a model of a mixed-use, mixed-income public housing development similar to what she hopes to accomplish in St. John.

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