The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority has applied for $16.1 million in tax credits provided through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency to help renovate or rebuild two housing apartment complexes.
The application for Ardenwood Village, 1957 N. Ardenwood Drive, applied for $9.4 million to rehabilitate the 93-unit complex.
“Gut out the interior of the property and put all new system in, the wiring and the plumbing,” said Richard Murray, housing authority executive director.
In addition, the remodel will allow the housing authority to add some amenities to the apartments such as washers and driers as well as central heating and air conditioning, he said.
Currently, the units just have wall heating units, but families have to supply their own window air-conditioning unit, he said.
The things that won’t need to be replaced include the relatively new roof and the vinyl siding on the exterior of the building, he said. It’s been 16 to 20 years since the last time the complex underwent a substantial rehabilitation, he said.
The upgraded buildings will retain the 93 apartments that are located in 12 one- and two-story buildings on the property.
The housing authority also applied for $6.7 million in tax credits to demolish and then rebuild an apartment complex at Roosevelt Terrace, 1255 W. Roosevelt St.
The housing authority will have to get approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before the complex can be torn down.
Since the current layout has all the bedrooms upstairs, but the housing authority wants more units to be handicap-accessible, remodeling was going to be difficult.
“So, we decided to go through a total demolition,” Murray said.
The rebuilt complex will consist of townhouse-style units equipped with washers and driers as well as central heating and air conditioning, he said. The complex will continue to contain 40 apartments.
If the tax credits are approved, both properties would have some green space added along with street lights, sidewalks and playground areas for small children, Murray said.
“In December, we should know if we’re awarded or not,” Murray said.