NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Landrieu joined City Councilmembers, City officials, and FEMA to break ground on the Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center facility at 3300 Hamilton Street. The new $3 million multi-purpose senior center will replace a 10,200 square foot, two-story facility destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The Center, operated by the New Orleans Council on Aging, will include a 19,000 square foot, two-story multi-purpose space for senior day care activities. Features include an exercise room, dining lounge and patio, computer and library room, multi-purpose room for arts and crafts, conference room, and commercial grade kitchen. Seniors will also have access to a social services office, doctor’s office and examination room.
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“The new state-of-the-art multipurpose senior center will restore an important anchor to the Carrollton Hollygrove neighborhood and provide our seniors the activities and resources they deserve,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “As one of my administration’s committed capital projects, this is another example of the New Orleans we are working every day to build.”
City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, “Finally! This senior center has been a dream for many years for the residents of Carrollton Hollygrove and they have been very patient and understanding. I’m very grateful to Councilmember Guidry and this Administration for bringing this to fruition!”
District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said, “The groundbreaking of the Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center marks another milestone in District A’s recovery and forward momentum. The construction of this project has been one of my top priority projects and is the direct result of the efforts of Hollygrove residents. The center will provide the seniors in the Carrollton Hollygrove neighborhoods a place to interact and participate in various activities improving their quality of life. I applaud the Administration, specifically Capital Projects, for working through the process with FEMA as well as the Hollygrove Seniors, AARP, Tulane students and many others. It is my privilege to represent Carrollton and Hollygrove on the Council, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside the neighborhood leaders who made this center a reality.”
Originally constructed in the 1920’s, the old senior center was operated by the New Orleans Council on Aging who provided programs and activities for the Senior Citizens of the Carrollton Hollygrove neighborhood. FEMA declared the building substantially damaged by Hurricane Katrina which makes it eligible for a 100% at cost replacement.
Howard L. Rogers, III, Executive Director of New Orleans Council on Aging said, “The New Orleans Council on Aging is excited about the ground breaking of the Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center. Carrollton Hollygrove was a vital part of the Carrollton Hollygrove community before Katrina. Carrollton Hollygrove as not just a Senior Center but a Community Focal point for information, education and services that benefited the entire community. The New Orleans Council on Aging would like to thank Mayor Landrieu, the entire City Council and especially Councilwoman Susan Guidry in returning a vital service, not only to the seniors but the Community of Carrollton.”
The new Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center was designed by In-Site Developments, LLC and is being constructed by Wharton Smith, Inc. Alternative Source Inc., Rufino’s Painting & Construction, Mackie One Construction, A&A Mechanical Inc., and Malone Electrical Service Inc. will serve as DBEs on this project. Funding for this $3 million project comes from FEMA recovery dollars and City bond funds. The project will be completed in spring 2015.
Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Community Development Cedric Grant said, “The Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center was left devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In partnership with FEMA and the New Orleans Council on Aging, we are bringing back this important building so that it can once again serve our seniors. Breaking ground on the redevelopment of this multipurpose senior center will revitalize this neighborhood and enhance the lives of those that take advantage of all it will have to offer.”
FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office Executive Director Mike Womack said, “We are proud to join the city of New Orleans in breaking ground on the new Carrollton Hollygrove Multipurpose Senior Center. Once complete, this facility will return much-needed services to the Hollygrove neighborhood. As the city moves closer to full recovery from Hurricane Katrina, FEMA remains committed to assisting its state and local partners through the coordination of federal assistance.”