City Officials Break Ground On Nora Navra Library
NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Landrieu joined District D Councilmember Jared Brossett and city and state officials Tuesday, March 7, to break ground on the new Nora Navra Library, 1902 St. Bernard Ave. The original 2,500 square foot library was constructed in 1954 and was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The new library will be 7,800 square feet and will cost more than $3.3 million.
“For decades, the Nora Navra Library brought communities together and enriched individuals through literature and learning,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Today we’re excited to break ground on this library and bring a community anchor back to the 7th Ward.”
District D Councilmember Jared C. Brossett said, “The reconstruction of the Nora Navra Public Library represents a critical investment in the 7th Ward and the St. Bernard Avenue Corridor. We’re building a world-class library tailored to the specific needs of the community. Once complete, the new 7,800 square foot library will enrich the community through access to information, technology, resources, and meeting spaces.”
The new Nora Navra Library will be a 7,800 square foot facility that will provide adult and children reading areas, computer work stations, meeting rooms and staff offices and break rooms. This energy efficient building will feature a hurricane resistant exterior, high efficiency HVAC systems, insulated roofs and walls, LED lighting and ADA accessibility.
“The new Nora Navra Library will be a truly energy efficient building,” said Cedric Grant, Sewerage & Water Board executive director. “This building will not only feature thermal insulation, new and improved HVAC systems and energy efficient windows and roofing, but will also be made with a hurricane resistant exterior, making it is a wise investment in our city’s future.”
“The Library is delighted by the commencement today of the rebuilding of the Nora Navra Library,” said Charles Brown, New Orleans Public Library executive director. “Not only will it complete the restoration of all six of the city’s libraries that were damaged beyond repair by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but it also will restore to operation a public facility that played a significant role in the social history of New Orleans. For the residents of the Seventh Ward, in particular, this library has served as a physical symbol of an educational and cultural launching pad for many of the city’s leading citizens, both past and present, and the Library system joins with this historic community in anticipating this facility’s return in the year ahead to resume a similar role in the development of many future generations to come.”
"Hurricane Katrina did more than damage the city's homes, businesses and infrastructure," said Pat Forbes, executive director of the State's Office of Community Development. "It devastated the cultural landscape of New Orleans, as well. The state of Louisiana is committed to bringing back all the institutions that are so vital to the well-being of our residents. We are delighted that New Orleans will invest more than $3 million in Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery funding into restoring the Nora Navra library to the local community and the entire city."
Funding for this library came from Disaster Community Development Block Grant (D-CDBG), FEMA public assistance and city bond funds. It was designed by Manning Architects of New Orleans and demolition will be performed by Big Yellow Construction of New Orleans. The contractor that will build the library is being determined, but construction will begin in summer 2017 and be completed in spring 2018.