Our Mission
To transform the quality of life for all citizens who live, work and play in East Baton Rouge Parish by returning blighted properties to productive use, fostering redevelopment through facilitating partnerships, and creating a vibrant, globally competitive community while preserving character of place.
 

Background
The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (RDA) was created by the 2007 Louisiana Legislature. We are governed by a five-member Board ofCommissioners, appointed by the Mayor-President, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Baton Rouge Area Chamber. Our goals are to transform the quality of life for all citizens; foster redevelopment in disinvested areas; facilitate partnerships; create a vibrant, competitive community; and preserve and enhance sense of place.

The RDA began operations in February 2009 with the following priorities for its first year:
• Organizational development;
• Funding;

• Project development; and
• Community engagement and partnership building.


With these goals and priorities in mind, we carefully assembled a staff of twelve, and canvassed the Parish to view underserved areas and gain a better understanding of citizens’ visions, concerns, and priorities. This on-the-ground research revealed critical needs in our community that we started to address in the our first three years, such as attainable housing, gap financing, home and small business rehabilitation, brownfields redevelopment, and neighborhood planning. Together with our citizens and elected officials, we will continue to build a better East Baton Rouge Parish.
 

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Amended 2010 Budget
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Legislation
Signed Act No. 45 (HB697)
Signed Act No. 417 (HB 876)



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Land Banking

Vacant property in many of our low-income communities contributes to an accelerated rate of blight and disinvestment in East Baton Rouge Parish. Within the Parish, there are over 6,500 adjudicated properties, and these properties generally show trends of financial support from our local government. 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 - maintains the ability to acquire and quickly clear title to tax sale and adjudicated properties.

Without a more stable environment, the City-Parish government is left to address the loss of revenues that should be generated by the payment of property taxes and must account for an increase of public service expenses to maintain these properties. Lots within the RDA land bank are maintained by the RDA, thus saving the City-Parish this direct cost, and costs associated with arson, police calls, dumping and court costs.


The RDA has been strategic in identifying and aggregating vacant and adjudicated properties within the five Community Improvement Plan and special project areas. To create critical mass for future development, we will work with City-Parish government to accumulate acquisitions and maximize the positive impacts within each community. Vacant, adjudicated, tax-foreclosed, bank-foreclosed, blighted, and generally under-utilized properties have been targeted for acquisition within the selected areas. Each property held in the RDA’s land bank is under contract to conduct ground maintenance, appraisals, surveys, title abstracts, and all legal work necessary to quiet title.

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. As proud partners of Habitat for Humanity of Baton Rouge, we have to date transferred twelve adjudicated parcels and are in the process of transferring four additional properties.
 
Adjacent Lot program

Community Partners program
Application
Guidelines

 
Please view the Draft Memorandum of Understanding.
 

For more information or to scedule a meeting with our real estate department, please email info@ebrra.org ( all meetings are by appointment only).