|The EBR Redevelopment Authority
fosters a proactive redevelopment environment designed to reverse the current patterns of disinvestment, abandonment, and outward migration contributing to the overall decline of the urban center. Leading the rebuilding effort, the RDA has established a framework for program delivery primed to produce successful outcomes of stakeholder participation, catalyzed economic activity, and public/private investment in underserved areas.
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLANS
The RDA and its consultant team
worked for eighteen months to create Community Improvement Plans for five districts within East Baton Rouge Parish, including Choctaw Corridor, Northdale, Melrose East, Scotlandville Gateway, and Zion City & Glen Oaks. The plans are community-driven with residents and other stakeholders providing input for guiding the future reinvestment and development in their communities to ensure that redevelopment efforts are sustainable and in keeping with each respective community’s needs, character, and vision, as determined through discussions between the RDA, elected officials, and community stakeholders. In addition, the plans deliver action-oriented strategies that identify opportunities for reinvestment back into the community, while building upon the momentum of other revitalization efforts currently underway.
Please click on the links below to learn more about the individual plans.
The mission of the Real Estate department
is to eliminate blight; the amount of creativity to achieve this has no boundaries. Rising costs and sometimes insurmountable legal barriers are found on many parcels within the city limits of Baton Rouge. In efforts to address these issues, the RDA, through its legislation, has the ability to acquire and quickly clear title to tax sale and adjudicated properties. Whether working with a developer to assemble land to make way for new development or partnering with non-profit organizations to fulfill its mission, the RDA is proud to participate in the reduction of blight.
Our efforts in economic development seek
to improve the quality of life and economic situation of the East Baton Rouge community through stimulating reinvestment by investors and developers and by facilitating the renewal of the neighborhood retail and commercial corridors. In essence, we are fulfilling our mission as the Redevelopment Authority: to address market failures with resources that are otherwise unavailable in the community.
The program incentives in the RDA toolbox target areas for existing and new business development, for attracting new business and residents, and for creating and retaining jobs. There is unquestionable opportunity for existing businesses to capture more of the sales dollar – which results in more tax revenue - through business development and growth, with the double impact of catalyzing the renewal of surrounding distressed neighborhoods.
Supporting new construction and rehabilitation of affordable rental and owner-occupied housing
remains a primary, mission-driven focus of the RDA. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development “a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.” In East Baton Rouge Parish, the median household income is approximately $46,000, yet within the target areas in the CIPs, median household income drops by half. Research found a deficiency of over 1,500 affordable units, especially concentrated in our target areas. This all presents a challenge to families and individuals seeking safe and affordable housing.
To continue to fulfill our mission and address community needs,
we will focus on strategic initiatives that aim to construct high-quality, mixed-income housing units, improve the public realm and private storefronts along prominent thoroughfares, create job opportunities, and return problem properties to productive use.