Plans underway to overhaul Iberville Housing Development

Published: Jun. 1, 2012 at 2:54 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM CDT
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Treme residents take advantage of an opportunity to voice their concerns about plans to overhaul the Iberville housing development. Those plans have drawn lots of interest from the community because of the development's proximity to the French Quarter.

Tonight, residents heard from planners about the impact of historic properties in the neighborhood. Developers told them this redevelopment would be different from that of the city's big four public housing complexes.

Plans show many of Iberville's buildings will be restored. Even though the city and HANO say all Iberville residents will be allowed to return to the future overhauled complex, some residents have doubts.

"Every person that lives in Iberville now, will have a right to return to the development," said Bryan Lawler, City Dir. of Housing Policy and Community Redevelopment."The units that are being demolished will either be replaced onsite or in scattered sites nearby."

The hope is the mixed income site will serve as a link between other neighborhoods in the area. The next public hearing is set for next month.