In merely eighteen rapidly paced months, Hoffman Triangle is well into its evolution of a neighborhood! The task of progression is far more than providing home-ownership to first time buyers. Yes, the area was chosen because of the apparent need to restore home-ownership, but also the prospect of re-establishing a healthy community in the midst of urban blight. We will expect to develop this community one block at a time over the next few years giving New Orleans a neighborhood to be proud of – an example of what our neighborhoods should and will become with hard work and determination.
The 2800 block of South Prieur was once just a row of abandoned and blighted properties and vacant land.
South Prieur Street Before
Now this area includes five new construction, owner occupied single-family homes. The area is a mixed income neighborhood with four of the five homes being made affordable and obtainable with soft second funding and the fifth property acquired at market rate.
Associated Neighborhood Development (AND) is not just building houses. Through public and private partnerships, streets are resurfaced and converted to one-way traffic, water meters, a bus stop and bus shelter are all relocated, and trees for landscaping are provided. Additional lighting, sidewalks, and landscaping add to the overall improvement of the block.
AND continues its redevelopment of this area in phase II with the acquisition of the adjacent property on the river-bound side of the 2800 block of South Prier Street in square 423 extending around the corner to the 3200 block of Washington Avenue. Construction began in January 2005 and will be complete with five new additional homeowners by July 2005.
South Prieur Street After
The objective of the Hoffman Triangle Project is to continue to improve the quality of life of neighborhood residents and provide the stimulus for individuals, families, businesses, and their employees to consider living in the area, to increase access to affordable homeownership, and stimulate economic community development in census tract 94.
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