The CID's Phase I (Backatown Plaza) Construction

We're excited to share that construction is well underway for Phase I of the Claiborne Cultural Innovation District (CID) at Backatown Plaza, situated beneath the bridge between Orleans Avenue and St. Louis Street. This phase brings a host of marketplace improvements designed to enhance both the community and its environment:

  • Enhanced Public Safety Lighting: Brighter and more energy-efficient lighting options to keep public areas safe.
  • Eco-Friendly Stormwater Management: Green infrastructure to better absorb stormwater and mitigate environmental hazards.
  • ADA-Compliant Accessibility: Sidewalks and access ramps will adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
  • Surface Upgrades: Pavement and surface overlays to pedestrian flow and walkability.
  • Custom Kiosks: To support the formal and informal marketplace and inclusion of game carts for family and guided youth play.
  • Utility Connections: Tie-ins to municipal lines for seamless utility services.
  • Aesthetic Touch-ups: Pressure-washing and painting, as needed, to maintain a clean and welcoming appearance for this community gathering space.

 Always remember, the overarching aim is to transform the underutilized space beneath the bridge into a valuable economic asset for our community. Stay tuned for more construction developments!