Louisiana Housing Corp. Opens 224-Unit Senior Living Center

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor New Orleans’ newest seniors housing community, the 224-unit Village de Jardin targeting residents 55 and older, has announced an opening date of Aug. 14, reported New Orleans CityBusiness. Located at 8801 Lake Forest Blvd. in eastern New Orleans, the senior living community has been developed on the site of the [...]

New Orleans’ newest seniors housing community, the 224-unit Village de Jardin targeting residents 55 and older, has announced an opening date of Aug. 14, reported New Orleans CityBusiness.

Located at 8801 Lake Forest Blvd. in eastern New Orleans, the senior living community has been developed on the site of the former Gaslight apartment complex.  It sprawls on 11.4 acres abounding in community gardens and public green space. The housing complex comprises two five-story towers of one- and two-bedroom apartments and a town house. Single-family homes surround the multifamily structures in order to maintain the architectural unity of the largely single-family neighborhood.

The Louisiana Housing Corp. is the seniors housing community’s developer and current owner. The property is managed by Latter&Blum, according to ApartmentFinder.com. Units range in size from 724 to 1,283 square feet and rent at rates between $600 and $900 per month. All units are outfitted with wood and ceramic flooring, have high vaulted ceilings and feature patios or balconies. The community has gated access and is on the city bus line.

Village de Jardin will also boast a health clinic that will operate in partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center. The health clinic will offer non-urgent care for geriatric patients with a staff of nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. The clinic will cater to patients outside the community.

According to New Orleans CityBusiness, development costs are around the $40 million mark. There was, however, FEMA funding that aided the project, which took four years to be finalized. Before construction could be started on Village de Jardin, the Gaslight apartment complex had to be torn down. The structure suffered extensive water and wind damage during the storm, as it was vacant when Katrina hit. The property then went into foreclosure, and the Louisiana Housing Corp.’s predecessor, the Louisiana Housing Financing Agency, assumed ownership of the property.

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