The New Faubourg Lafitte, New Orleans, LA
UDA plan replaces Katrina-Damaged Public Housing
Following Katrina, the public housing at Lafitte-Treme was damaged beyond repair. With the Enterprise Foundation, UDA developed a master plan and architecture for one-to-one replacement of subsidized housing along with new for-sale homes. The master plan proposed the replacement of the street grid and the restitching of the neighborhood.
When complete, this new mixed-income community on and around the 27-acre site of the former Lafitte public housing complex will feature 1,500 homes and apartments. This represents one-for-one replacement of all 900 subsidized apartments, and the development of an additional 600 homes for sale to working families and first-time homeowners. The master plan, developed through a public process with residents and community stakeholders, includes restoration of the historical street grid that was erased when Lafitte was developed. The architecture, based on traditional New Orleans typologies and styles prevalent in the surrounding neighborhoods, respects the history and culture of the community and features mostly singles and doubles with front stoops along with small apartment houses. The development has been designed to Enterprise Green Communities standards, incorporating healthy and energy-efficient building practices, materials, and systems.