AftermathGhosts of Katrina: Blight in NOLA (PHOTOS)05.11.14AftermathGhosts of Katrina: Blight in NOLA (PHOTOS)Ghosts of Katrina: Blight in NOLA (PHOTOS)05.11.14 9:45 AM ETJulie Dermansky/The Daily BeastThe housing project Press Park was destroyed by Katrina floods and never fixed becuase it was built on top of a superfund site that is still toxic. Part of it is only now being torn down, nine years later. But like all things in New Orleans, that isn't a clean story. Only part of it will be torn down and it will take four months. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastA closet in Press Park. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastWhen the EPA declared the area a super fund site in 1994, people hoped to be bought out by the government. But the EPA chose to remove the top soil and replace it for $42.8 million instead. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastPress Park was built in the late 1960s by Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) over part the Agriculture Street landfill that the EPA declared a superfund site (93 acres). Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastAll 66 townhouses were flooded by Katrina and have remained standing since then. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastHousing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) will take down the 70 percent they own and leave the rest. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastConstruction workers put a surface finish on a foundation that remains in press park after they tore down some of the townhouse. The townhouses left standing will remain until outstanding litigation is cleared up. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastGordon Plaza, next to Press Park, was built on top of the same superfund site. The homeowners could have been bought out a few times over with the money wasted. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastHousing project in Algiers.The homes that remain are owned by tenants who bought their townhouse in a program set up by HANO without being told that the site had once been a part of the city's landfill. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastPress Park is situated within a portion of the USEPA Agriculture Street Landfill, which is designated as a Superfund site by the USEPA. This site has been partially remediated, but the soils under the parking areas, driveways, and building foundations still contain lead, arsenic and cPAHs. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastThe structures are dilapidated and serve as a haven for crime, vagrancy, and vermin that could potentially spread diseases. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastOne of the units in Press Park. HANO has started to demolish the portions of Press Park the government owns. Julie Dermansky/The Daily BeastJulie Dermansky/The Daily BeastClub Desitre in the 9th Ward.