• 685 Mixed-income rental housing units have been built in three phases of development. More than 600 additional units are planned.
  • 167 Low income students from 6 weeks to 5 years old are receiving education through Educare of New Orleans, opened in October, 2013. A new K-8 charter school and public high school are in development.
  • 53 Acres encompass the Bayou District. The Bayou District community has a modular federal qualified health clinic on site and is working to design and build a grocery and drug store proximate to the community garden and senior housing already in place. A partnership with Kingsley House, nationally renowned as the oldest Settlement House in the South, provides on-site community support services for the residents of Columbia Parc.

Lining Up a Winning Putt

Since the Bayou District borders the historic New Orleans City Park golf courses, the redevelopment of the park’s dormant golf facilities has become a committed objective of the Bayou District Foundation’s recreational plan. Rounds of golf played at City Park will also create a revenue stream to support educational initiatives at the Bayou District, including filling quality gaps in early childhood education.

Fulfilling a Comprehensive Vision

The Bayou District Foundation was formed in 2006 by a group of civic-minded New Orleans business and community leaders committed to revitalizing New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The center of the Bayou District Foundation effort is the redevelopment of the former St. Bernard Public Housing Development, destroyed by Katrina. Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, which opened on the 53-acre site in 2010, provides high quality affordable workforce housing and “cradle to college” educational resources including the Educare New Orleans early education school, a planned K-8 public charter school and a college prep public high school two blocks away.

Commercial and retail facilities, as well as a health clinic, are being developed within the site to provide walkable support services. Additionally, a gymnasium and the restoration of City Park’s golf facilities will provide recreational amenities and sustained funding to support Bayou District educational programs.

The Bayou District Foundation was the first organization after the East Lake Foundation to implement what is now called the “Purpose Built Communities Model” of neighborhood transformation – mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline, and community wellness. The Bayou District Foundation’s efforts helped inspire the creation of Purpose Built Communities, and consequently, similar efforts across the country.