Former Brown’s Dairy site to become housing and medical facilities

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A mixed-use development with apartments and medical practices is underway in Central City on the site of the former Brown’s Dairy processing plant.

Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and Alembic Community Development hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on March 16. Dubbed HC3, the $80 million, 210,000 square foot project will face Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Baronne Street and will feature 192 one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The development will reserve 92 of these units for residents 55 and older.

The five-story building will also include 12,600 square feet of commercial and community space anchored by Federally Qualified Health Center, a community health care provider that receives funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to provide primary care services in underserved areas. . New Orleans-based DePaul Community Health Centers will operate the facility.

The development will also have a community center with wellness and support services. Belle Reve, a New Orleans nonprofit that provides affordable housing for seniors, will operate the center and connect residents with local resources to meet their needs.

Impetus, formerly known as Palmisano, is the general contractor and New Orleans-based CCWIVArchitecture is listed as the architect.

Ashley Lusk, spokeswoman for the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, said the work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. Residents’ rents will vary depending on their income level, she said.

Rising costs of key building materials, labor shortages and supply chain issues have caused headaches for developers and price hikes on projects. Lusk said HC3 was no different, as those concerns “all presented challenges to get us to this point.”

HC3 is a pilot project of the Gulf Coast Housing Authority’s Health + Housing program, which received a $2.5 million grant in 2020 to help fund this development and another similar one in Jackson, Mississippi.

Other funding was provided by Aetna, a CVS Health Company, Advantage Capital, AMCREF Community Capital, Belle Reve, Finance New Orleans, Home Bank, Housing Authority of New Orleans, Louisiana Housing Corporation, Louisiana Office of Community Development, New Orleans Office of Community Development, R4 Capital Funding, Regional Community Finance and US Bank.

“The City of New Orleans is thrilled to partner with GCHP and Alembic to revitalize the former Brown’s Dairy site, which will help transform this community and bring 192 new affordable housing and medical facilities to Central City,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. . “Our $5.4 million investment, funded by the states and federal government, will generate tremendous economic impact for New Orleans and provide contracting opportunities to local businesses that meet the city’s DBE requirements. It’s a win-win for our city.

According to a recent report by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance, more than 58,000 households in the city are considered “cost overloaded,” meaning they pay more than 30% of their income in housing costs such as rent, utility bills and insurance.

As prices have risen, moving central areas of the city has been another problem. An estimated 58,000 commuters who travel to New Orleans for work earn less than $40,000 a year, and many may have been forced to move nearby due to rising housing costs, according to The report.

Amanda J. Marsh