The team of Providence Housing, Columbia Residential, Urban Focus Louisiana, and the Vaucresson Family are looking to transform the former Saint Boniface Church into a multi-use complex that includes housing and retail. According to a recent update regarding their proposal, residential plans include 50 one bedroom units and 11 two bedroom units, some of which "will serve tenants with housing vouchers (section 8), over half of the units will serve those making 60% of area median income and some of the units will be at market rate rents." The Vaucresson Family, known for their hot sausage po'boys and whose business was damaged during Katrina and thus ceased operations, are looking to rebuild as Creole Café, a nod to Sonny Vaucresson's restaurant of the same name in the French Quarter. The original Creole Café was said to be the first African American-owned business on Bourbon St.
This Seventh Ward project is still in its early phases and its team has already held two community meetings to address neighbors' concerns, the most recent being held on December 10th. They now head to the city for review and to start the long approval process.