Columbia Parc in New Orleans is showcased as national mixed-income housing model

“It’s unbelievable,” said John Frazer, a board member of the East Lake Foundation in Atlanta. “It’s phenomenal, just the quality of the houses.”

More than 100 housing experts from 36 cities toured the Columbia Parc residential community Wednesday, marveling at the new $9 million early education center, a 46-seat movie theater adjacent to the fitness center and outdoor pool, and a two-story townhouse model unit, one of 685 apartments built and fully occupied on a 12-acre site in Gentilly.

Frazer was one of more than 300 people who came to New Orleans this week for the fourth annual Purpose Built Communities Network Conference, which used Columbia Parc as a way to showcase successful strategies to combat poverty and violence.

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Source The Times-Picayune

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