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Columbia Parc at the Bayou
Columbia Parc at the Bayou District is the largest, and to date the most advanced, neighborhood redevelopment effort in New Orleans since Katrina. Long before the official groundbreaking in December 2008, and continuing through current and future expansion phases, a group of architects, builders, community leaders, construction managers, designers, developers, engineers, lenders, and supporters became unified in their passion to help realize the promise of Columbia Parc; the promise of living well.
The root of living well begins with a healthy environment (indoors and out). “We’ve conscientiously gone the extra mile in designing and constructing our community to help our residents’ live healthy lives and minimize our impact on the world around us through smarter, eco-friendly solutions. Our green initiative included achieving LEED for Homes Silver Certification so residents can enjoy lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fewer mold, mildew and indoor toxin problems” James S. Grauley, President and COO. By the end of 2010, 466 new classically-inspired, LEED-Silver Certified sustainable homes for a mix of income levels will have been built, with additional phases starting construction. Fully two thirds of the new homes are affordable to low income families, with priority given on the most-affordable to seniors and disabled returning residents. According to Robert Barfield, project manager, “response to the new community, at all income levels, has exceeded our expectations, leading to acceleration of subsequent phases and attraction of more investment and partners.” The current development is just the first phase of a holistic community redevelopment effort that will eventually include (on site or in surrounding neighborhood) up to 1,300 new homes, a new 0-12 educational campus, retail and community services, as well as recreational and green space amenities. While significant progress has been made, the project team expects most of the build-out to be completed by the 10-year anniversary of Katrina.