EBR housing authority set to begin $3.67M renovation of Roosevelt Terrace

EBR housing authority set to begin $3.67M renovation of Roosevelt Terrace




The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority's nonprofit development arm, Partners for Progress, is embarking on a $3.67 million renovation of the Roosevelt Terrace apartments at 1225 Roosevelt St., between Nicholson Drive and River Road, says Morise Duffin, COO of Partners for Progress. The project, which will convert 50 apartment units into 40 larger units, is expected to begin in April, with an anticipated completion date of May 1, 2015. The 44-year-old Roosevelt Terrace apartments have been on the top of the Housing Authority's list of developments in need of rehabilitation since the 1990s, Duffin says. Tax credits have recently made the project possible. The project will reconfigure 20 one-bedroom units into 10 three-bedroom units; 10 three-bedroom units into 10 two-bedroom units; and 20 two-bedroom units into 20 one-bedroom units. It will also update amenities and appliances and add a wrought iron fence around the nine-building development. Duffin notes that the project is in an area poised for redevelopment, near Old South Baton Rouge and the Nicholson Drive corridor. "In that particular area there's a lot of discussion of different types of developments," Duffin says, emphasizing, "But the bottom line is that the Housing Authority's goal is to improve all of its existing stock, and whenever we can find funding, that's what we're going to do." The EBRPHA works to provide suitable housing to low-income families.—Rachel Alexander



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