BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)- Brand new, affordable housing opened in Mid City on Wednesday. The energy efficient complex replaces the old Capitol City South Apartments on North Boulevard. City and state leaders hope it will effect a positive change neighborhood-wide.
A project four years in the making was completed on Wednesday with the grand opening of the Mid City Gardens Apartment and Activity Center. The 14,000 square foot housing development cost more than $12 million, all of it in federal funds, to build.
"The purpose of those funds is to take down foreclosed and blighted properties, and to rebuild and revitalize and rebuild housing. And this is exactly what we've done today," said Mike Airhart, chairman of the board for the Louisiana Housing Corporation.
Airhart says the development has 60 units, a community, rooftop garden and other energy saving features.
"This development has solar panels on the roof, the community center is LEED certified and the residential units are extremely energy efficient---having as low as $25 a month utility bills," said Airhart.