City of New Orleans touts 2012 improvement projects

New Orleans, La. - In 2012, the City of New Orleans made extraordinary progress in breaking ground and completing construction on new facilities and capital improvements citywide as part of the Mayor's Committed Projects.

Public facilities and infrastructure serve as anchors for the community and stimulate private investment, enhance economic development, and elevate quality of life and safety. As of December 31, 2012, the City has completed 70 priority facilities with a total investment of over $101 million since Mayor Landrieu took office in May 2010.

Twenty-five projects were completed in 2012. Eight of the projects began in 2012 and 17 were carried forward from previous years. Total funding investment of the 25 projects was $60 million. Highlights include Wesley Barrow Stadium, Oliver Bush playground, Comiskey Park, Louis Armstrong Park, Rosa Keller Library, New Orleans East Regional Library, Robert E. Smith Library, Norman Mayer Library, Algiers Regional Library and Sam Bonart Playground and Pool Facilities.

In 2012, the City started construction on 27 projects with a total funding value of $87 million. Major projects include St. Roch Market, NOPD Fifth District, New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center, Lyons Center, Tremé Center, and Joe W. Brown Center.

In 2013, the City is scheduled to commence construction on 47 projects with a total investment of $186 million. Fifty-two projects are scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013 including Joe W. Brown Park, Tremé Center, St. Roch Market, St. Roch Neutral Ground, Cita Hubbell Library, NOFD Engine 26 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, NOFD Engine 31 Alba Rd., NOFD Engine Nos. 22 and 39, Stallings St. Claude Community Center, Lyons Center, NOPD Fifth District Police Station, and Milne Boys Home repairs.