NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 19, 2020) - A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Capdau Home for the Aged was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. on the front steps of 3821 Franklin Avenue.
Capdau Home for the Aged is a residential development that provides affordable housing for the elderly. The units are available for seniors age 62 and older, with up to two tenants per unit. All units are designated affordable housing under the Housing Assistance Payments program. Developer, TKTMJ Incorporated, collaborated with the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) on the project.
“The Housing Authority was excited to join Mayor Cantrell, Councilmember Brossett, TKTMJ Incorporated and federal, state and local funding partners in celebrating another affordable housing milestone achieved in our City,” said HANO Executive Director Evette Hester. “The reconstruction of this historic structure once known as the Pierre Capdau School has become a jewel for the Edgewood Gentilly Neighborhood, and an incredible resource for our City’s most vulnerable to call home.”
New Orleans City Council member for District D, Jared C. Brossett, stated, “The elderly are one of the most valued resources in the City of New Orleans, and seeing to it that they are treasured, loved, and helped in their time of need is a duty that we all share. The Capdau Home for the Aged will service a need in the Gentilly community while at the same time providing dignity, respect, and housing for our seasoned citizens.” Council member Brossett added, “The fact that this facility will be built on the old Capdau School site at 3821 Franklin Avenue is the perfect way to keep the spirit of the old school and its legacy alive.”
This $13 million construction project included renovation of the existing three-story historic building, and new construction of a four-story building by TKTMJ Incorporated, with architects, The Michael Lee Studio. Capdau Home for the Aged features 80 units, 35 of which are in the original building and 45 of which are part of the new construction.
The original three-story building is the site of the former Pierre A. Capdau School. The school, which was designed by New Orleans city architect E.A. Christy in 1922, was chartered in collaboration with the University of New Orleans in 2003 but has remained vacant since its closure in 2010.
Michael Tubre of TKTMJ fulfilled his commitment to hiring DBE local companies during construction. Funding was provided for the project by Louisiana Housing Corporation Community Development Block Grant disaster fund, Housing Authority of New Orleans, and State of Louisiana Office of Community Development.
Developer, TKTMJ Incorporated, is a family owned full-service construction firm, founded by company President Tom Tubre in 1994. Latter & Blum Property Management currently manages Capdau Home for the Aged.