Historic landmark celebrates grand opening

Academy Place, a 103-unit senior housing development, held its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this past October, with local leaders and representatives of Volunteers of America in attendance. With a location immediately adjacent to downtown Houma, this project is a complete renovation of the historic Houma Elementary School.

Forty-seven apartments are located in the now fully rehabbed historic 1931 former elementary school building, with an additional 56 apartments in a new three-story complementary building on the same site. This development brings a total of 103 much needed affordable senior housing.

The renovation meets The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and was developed in coordination with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office. The development is also certified with Enterprise Green Communities and Energy Star 3.0 and incorporates many green building strategies including durable materials, Energy Star lighting and appliances, and energy efficient building components.

The revitalization of this historic landmark is a great asset to the successful rejuvenation of Downtown Houma.