Westwego-based developer Peoples Community broke ground last week on the Westwood Crossing, a $45 million gated residential community in the 7000 block of Lapalco Boulevard in Marrero.
Westwood Crossing is a gated community which consisted of 87 over sized lots. The homes average 1500 sq. ft. of living space and each come with a double car garage. The entire development includes 34 acres for the residential component and 4 acres for commercial.
Sales price begins at $168,000.00, and the developer is offering grant assistance. The are also offering soft second mortgages are available for up to $65,000. 60 of the homes will be workforce housing with the remaining as market rate.
Peoples Community is lead by Leatrice Hollis and Jocenta Conner. They have experience in a plethora of affordable-housing developments in the New Orleans area. Their projects include the Anderson Place subdivision and Jacqueline Court.
Plans for the commercial component include six 900-square-foot retail bays.
Financing was provided by First NBC Bank, and $2.1 million in federal funds through the Jefferson Parish Office of Community Development.
Grid Iron Construction, owned by former Saints star Ricky Jackson, is the general contractor and a co-developer of the project.