BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — New housing is coming to the North Baton Rouge area.

The Louisiana Housing Corporation approves the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority (EBRPHA) for $45 million to build a new living community.

This is a part of the “Choice Neighborhood Initiative” which has four construction phases. The first portion consists of 170 units that will take about 18 months to build. While phase two will include an additional 70 units for senior living.

The EBRPHA says the focus of this project is rooted in education. The goal is to address people, housing, and neighborhood by adding parks, recreation centers, and a new groce

The CEO of the group, J. Wesley Daniels, says this housing development is from all demographics. 

“We’ve essentially created an educational spine, that’ll be anchored by the BRCC automotive center to Morrow’s Elementary,” said Daniels.

The total cost for the development of phase one is about $68 million. The organization was awarded $30 million back in 2019.

“What we’re creating is a community of choice. Where they have access to all the educational assets and the shopping and all the other things they need to create a greater community,” said Daniels.

Daniels says they hope to break ground in February of 2023. The goal is to have phases one and two of the project complete by 2024.