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Ground broken on future site of Fairfield Estates; Wilkinson Terrace partially demolished

City leaders and members of the community gathered on May 5 to commemorate the groundbreaking...
City leaders and members of the community gathered on May 5 to commemorate the groundbreaking of the future site of Fairfield Estates.(KSLA)
Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On May 5, a ceremony was held to commemorate the groundbreaking for the future site of Fairfield Estates.

At the event, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Councilwoman LeVette Fuller were there to mark the occasion.

Across the street, a portion of Wilkinson Terrace Apartments was demolished at the event.

Carlos Bowers remembers Wilkinson Terrace. “A lot of kids, a lot of energy and a lot of love.”

Now those apartments are being torn down in hopes to build more opportunities in the future.

The apartments were constructed in 1949 during the post-World War II housing expansion. Then in the 1980s, the place became riddled with crime. And in 1988 to the early 1990s, it got a facelift and crime rates went down.

In 2019, the building closed down for good.

Housing Authority CEO Bobby Collins and others broke ground on land across the street to build Fairfield Estates.

“There is not much new construction going on, particularly that’s affordable for folks. And again, I like to define that I mean working-class folks, elderly and disabled that they can afford a quality place to live and this will certainly do that.”

Collins believes crime will not be an issue here.

“That was a model back in ’50s, ’60s where we had this concentration on families, 184 units. That becomes like a small city without policing and fire. So now you go into smaller units where you really don’t have that happening.”

As for Wilkinson Terrace Apartments, Collins said it will take up to six months to tear them down.

And the new apartments are expected to be done next year.

Fairfield Estates will be a 12-unit complex that will offer affordable rental housing. The units will offer one-bedroom and one-bathroom apartments.

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