Posted: Sep 10, 2013 11:50 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Heavy equipment operators have begun toppling the sturdy brick walls of buildings that make up the Iberville low-income housing development in New Orleans as part of a neighborhood revitalization program.
Fifty-nine of the 75 buildings at the Iberville development will be demolished in the process that began Tuesday.
Iberville is the last of the city's old-style federal housing complexes.
The city and the Housing Authority of New Orleans, which runs the federal housing developments in the city, received more than $30 million in 2011 to transform the Iberville development.
A Housing Authority news release says the plan includes one-for-one replacement of all 821 current units at Iberville. When complete, the Iberville development area will have a combination of units for low- and moderate-income families and 315 "market rate" homes.