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Fri December 14, 2012

Discovery of Human Remains Delays Iberville Redevelopment

Residents and experts weigh in on living near the dead.

The Housing Authority of New Orleans received a Federal grant last year to redevelop the Iberville Housing Development, the city’s last traditional public housing complex, on the edge of the French Quarter. The plan was to keep about a third of the buildings, demolish the rest, and build new, mixed-income housing.

But, before demolition begins, HANO is required by law to conduct a survey to look for anything with historic significance, including gravesites and underground burials. Along with Lens reporter Katy Reckdahl, Eve Abrams learned what the archeologists uncovered is no big surprise.

Read Katy Reckdahl's companion article in The Lens.