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Old 12-05-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Default Columbia Parc @ The Bayou?

Has anyone seen the inside of their townhouses?

How's the management?

Is being close to the 610 a bad thing? Is the 610 a particularly busy highway?

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Old 12-05-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Has anyone seen the inside of their townhouses?

How's the management?

Is being close to the 610 a bad thing? Is the 610 a particularly busy highway?

Columbia Parc is the old St. Benard Housing Project. It along with River Garden are the best looking Project conversions that I've seen yet, it just looks "suburban" to me and River Garden looks "fake". Since it will be mixed income, the biggest issue would be what original residents they let back in. It could be like River Garden where the residents are screened and most of the residents brought in from the St. Thomas were the better tenents. River Garden is kept up nicely and other than a lot of kids hanging around has relatively few problems. There is also the possibility that it could end up like the Calliope and Fischer redevelopments where you have nice new homes with destroyed lawns, box fans hanging out of the windows that aren't broken and obvious crime issues. If it was up to me I would take a wait and see approach to Columbia Parc.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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And yes, I-610 can be very busy at times.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC for now... By summer of 2011? Cobb County?
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I too am looking for info. The web site makes it sound like it will be the next great thing. Google Street View still shows the old projects. Are people living there yet? What are the other areas around it like? It's relatively close to UNO, how's that area?
Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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What looks fake about River Garden? I hear architects criticize the place all the time...but the buildings look fine, although they are obviously modern buildings built using a traditional New Orleans vernacular.
I'd rather see that there than some hideous modernist development.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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What looks fake about River Garden? I hear architects criticize the place all the time...but the buildings look fine, although they are obviously modern buildings built using a traditional New Orleans vernacular.
I'd rather see that there than some hideous modernist development.
I'd take River Garden any day over some tacky development like on Tulane Ave. The one with the rainbow colors that you can see from I-10 behind the courthouse. I actually like the one with the Crystal Hot Sauce/Preserve sign on top.

Back to River Garden: It is obvious that River Garden was planned and didn't just happen. It looks like a suburban cookie cutter neighbor hood that was inspired by the Irish Channel. The houses are spaced, the landscape is off and the mid and high-rise buildings have open parking lots in the back. It has an Uptown meets Jefferson feel to it.
It is much better than what was there before, but it just doesn't look or feel "real". It would blend in much better Gentilly or lower Algiers than in the Irish Channel. The houses are nice though, and it's a place that I would stay. It just looks fake.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC for now... By summer of 2011? Cobb County?
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Saw on online review for River Garden and it wasn't very favorable. Reviewer said it looked like it was regressing back to projects. It's sad to see when these redevelopments are allowed to slide back to the way they were. These redevelopments usually look great with lots of details only available in $300k + houses. Then, two or three years after... Crapola.

The problem is two-fold: they always build the apartment/ rental units first to meet all the Fed/ State regs. By the time they build the homes no one wants to live there.

Solution: build homes for sale first, then slowly, in small increments, build rental units. Have STRICT rules and requirements for all tenants. Enforce all rules, overlook nothing. Unfortunately, the ones who break the rules are usually the 1st ones to lawyer up when disciplined for breaking the rules.

Here's hoping that Columbia Parc will be better.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I actually live not to far from River Garden and I can say that it is a far cry from the St. Thomas. Now, I'm not there 24/7 so I don't know how life is over there. I do pass through often on Annunciation.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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I visited Columbia Parc at the Bayou and the inside is top of the line. The townhome has hardwood flooring with granite counter tops in the kitchen, along with stainless steel appliances. There is also a stainless steel whirlpool washer and dryer included with the property. The upstairs have two full baths with a garden tub in the masters bathroom. The complex appears very quiet doing the daytime as well as at night. There are live in police officers on the property 24/7. I have had the pleasure in meeting with management and they were very nice and knowledgable about the future of the area. As far 610 I am not sure if it is as busy as many interstates that I have come across. And, just for the record I was informed that the developer of this property is Warren Buffet, and I do not think he has any intentions of letting this property turn into the St. Bernard Project. I like the complex and I am thinking about moving back to New Orleans after being gone for over 15 years and I have considered this complex.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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I have been looking at the website for Columbia Parc all day. I cannot find any prices. What is the price range there?? I still didn't see anything about the neighborhood there.
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