Posted: Sep 1, 2011 4:52 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government is giving New Orleans $30 million to redevelop the last of the city's New Deal-era public housing complexes, a site that sits near the French Quarter on land where the famed red-light district called Storyville once thrived, and infuse new life into the adjacent Treme neighborhood.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the money for the Iberville public housing complex will transform the "distressed housing" there. The same HUD grant includes funds for Treme, an historic Creole neighborhood next to the French Quarter.
New Orleans was one of five cities to get the HUD grants, which are meant to breathe new life into troubled urban areas. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle got similar grants.
HUD plans to provide more details Thursday.