NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Residents in the Lower 9th Ward will soon have a new firehouse and community center, two structures the area has lacked since Hurricane Katrina flooded and destroyed them.
The Advocate reports city officials expect to break ground in May on the new A.P. Andrew Sanchez (Copelin-Byrd) Center at North Claiborne and Caffin avenues.
Residents also should expect a new home for the New Orleans Fire Department's engines Nos. 22 and 39 to be completed by November.
The community center will have 60,000 square feet of space and include a pool. It is expected to cost about $16.3 million.
Funding will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, disaster community development block grants, insurance and city bond funds, according to C. Hayne Rainey, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.