The City of New Orleans selected Stantec Consulting Services Inc. to provide planning, design, and engineering services for the Blue & Green Corridors project in the Gentilly Resilience District; an effort to revitalize the Gentilly neighborhood by optimizing water and land management. Currently in conceptual design stages, the project will transform neutral grounds (or medians) of major boulevards by designing canals, stormwater storage and infiltration systems, green infrastructure, linear parks, Complete Streets, and road diets to mitigate flooding, reduce subsidence, and facilitate recreation.
The City of New Orleans proposed the creation of their first comprehensive resilience district at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NRDC). This project will be supported by the more than $141 million awarded through NDRC and existing investments in urban water management funded through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
Through a robust community engagement program, residents and other stakeholders will work with the Stantec team to ensure that the Blue & Green Corridors project reflects neighborhood needs.
“Our previous experience studying the city’s drainage system as part of the Drainage Pathways project in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities, the Mayor’s office, and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, has provided us with a long-term strategy focused on community resilience,” says Stantec’s New Orleans Office Leader, Dan Grandal.
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