Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
When Hurricane Katrina destroyed the former St. Bernard public housing development, local business leaders recognized a unique opportunity. An opportunity to bring a new level of hope and a way of life to those less fortunate through the development of a completely new neighborhood in Columbia Parc at the Bayou District.
The design of the development replaces the former high density, low income housing of St. Bernard with 685 new housing units. Each dwelling is designed to provide the amenities most have grown to expect in traditional market competitive rental units. The development is modeled after traditional neighborhood design concepts, whereby units are oriented directly to the public way, while parking is developed within the interior of the individual blocks. The former street grid, which had been destroyed in development of St. Bernard, was re-introduced into the project. This provides for interaction between adjacent neighborhood residents and those of Columbia Parc. Project amenities include an Administration Building and Community Center in which an area is dedicated for a fitness center and theater entertainment space.