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Treme Center finally reopens

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The city took another step Tuesday toward full recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

City officials unveiled the new Tremé Center, located at 900 North Villere St.

The community center was heavily damaged during hurricane Katrina. Now, it's like new, and includes a gym, indoor swimming pool, fitness room and computer lab. Kids who visit the center can enjoy activities like dance, arts and crafts, and drama.

"When construction began on the Tremé Center in January 2012, we promised that we would build it back better than before and today we are delivering on that promise," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a city news release. "As one of my Administration's committed capital projects, this recreation center will once again be an important gathering place for young and old alike just in time for NORDC summer programming. This building is a symbol of what is possible when we work together to create the city we always dreamed of."

District D Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said, "The Tremé Center is a vital part of New Orleans, and it's wonderful that it will be available to the community again. This is one more step towards normalization after Katrina."

The Tremé Center renovation cost about $5.5 million. "Funding for the Tremé Center came from FEMA public assistance, State Capital Outlay Funds, City Bond Funds, Insurance, and City Capital Funds," reads the news release.

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