B.W. Cooper housing site’s slow march to rebirth reaches finish line

After years of delays and a series of lost investors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on Friday dedicated the first replacement buildings at the B.W. Cooper housing development. Cooper’s new construction — a mix of boxy structures, most of them wooden two-story, townhouse-style buildings — was delayed far longer than the other three public housing complexes demolished after Hurricane Katrina. Donovan acknowledged the holdup, referencing “the long road” endured by residents, some of whom, he said, “had given up hope that they’d ever move back.” Now, 13 of the 175 new apartments are occupied, most of them by residents who moved from two dozen, circa-1941 brick buildings that resident leaders fought to save from the wrecking ball.

Times Picayune


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