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Tenants Begin to Move in to The Groves

Tenants get to start moving into The Groves at Mile Branch Creek this weekend in Covington, Louisiana’s West 30s neighborhood. The Groves provide 94 mixed-income rental apartments.  66 of the apartments are for occupants with low-incomes, adjusted for each tenant’s income level; while 28 of the apartments are being leased according to current market rates.  Victor Smeltz, Executive Director of Volunteer’s of America’s Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation explains that The Groves is making housing affordable for a range of different people including those with very low incomes as well as those with middle incomes who might otherwise have to commute to Covington due to a shortage of housing options. 72QDP3XXNJD2

The Groves was carefully designed to emulate the architecture of old Covington and painted in a range of bright colors. The apartments come with porches, balconies, washers and dryers, and granite counter tops as well as other amenities.  The Groves also includes computer rooms, a community center,a community park, and counseling services for those in need.

The Groves continues to lead the way towards the revitalization of Covington’s West 30s neighborhood with 35 single-family homes currently under construction to be ready for tenants in the next year or so.  To learn more about The Groves visit the Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation’s website: More on the move-in can be found in the Times-Picayune article featured on