Last week, the City of New Orleans announced that it had broken ground on an all-new Keller Community Center located on 1814 Magnolia Street.
The former building was originally constructed in 1890 as a two-story fire station. It was converted by the city into a New Orleans Recreation Development Commission facility in the mid-1990s. The building suffered severe damage in Katrina and was demolished in 2015.
The new structure will be a single-story, 1,770 square foot building on a 24,000 square foot lot. The facility will include an open-floor meeting room, a warming kitchen and pantry, an office area, and porches surrounding the facade of the building. The new building will continue to support NORDC activities through its youth technology center, morning exercise classes for seniors, and STEM and arts programming. The total project cost is estimated at $450,000.
Huda, LLC, will be the general contractor and Holly and Smith are the architects of record.
Rendering of the new Keller Community Center via Holly Smith Architects.