Community center, firehouse coming to 9th Ward
Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.
NEW ORLEANS - Residents in the Lower 9th Ward will soon have a new firehouse and community center, two structures the area has lacked since Hurricane Katrina flooded and destroyed them.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/VbFugE) city officials expect to break ground in May on the new A.P. Andrew Sanchez (Copelin-Byrd) Center at North Claiborne and Caffin avenues.
Residents also should expect a new home for the New Orleans Fire Department's engines Nos. 22 and 39 to be completed by November.
The community center will have 60,000 square feet of space and include a pool. It is expected to cost about $16.3 million.
Funding will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, disaster community development block grants, insurance and city bond funds, according to C. Hayne Rainey, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
The new firehouse, which also will be at North Claiborne and Caffin avenues, will be able to house two fire companies. The engine companies were in separate locations before Katrina.
The project is budgeted at $3.5 million and will be paid for with FEMA, disaster community development block grants and city bond funds.
The structure will be raised 17 feet with living quarters for firefighters on the second floor.
Fire Superintendent Charles Parent has said any future firehouses built will include living quarters above the garage in an effort to prevent them from being taken out of service by flooding.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com
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