BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — District 2 Councilwoman Chauna Banks is hosting a two-day public meeting for North Baton Rouge residents.

MOVEBR, BREC and the Center For Planning Excellence (CPEX) will explain new improvements coming soon to Scotlandville.

“We’re working on the connectivity for Scotlandville,” said Banks.

On Monday night, residents joined leaders to discuss exactly what they need as a community in a part of town that they feel is often left on the back burner.

CPEX is working on multiple plans after collecting a survey from residents in the area. Survey results showed residents’ desire for access to healthy living.

“One of the main things the community would like to see is a grocery store. Something the community has been asking for a long time. Scotlandville is designated a food desert,” said CPEX Community Planner Lynesha Jackson.

Along with the absence of a grocery store, residents said in some areas they don’t even have sidewalks. MOVEBR will soon begin paving over ditches on Elm Grove Garden Drive.

“Imagine a family that is coming out and they’re either having to bicycle or walk to the food pantry, there is no way because they can be hit by a car,” said Banks.

BREC plans to continue the work on their Scotlandville Parkway master plan. The project stretches three miles from Airline Highway to Scenic Highway. BREC’s superintendent Corey Wilson said in this phase they will work on security on the trails, adding amenities and addressing drainage issues.

“Outdoor fitness is something the people are interested in now. A lot of our parks are now having outdoor fitness equipment. We noticed in our survey that is one of the primary requests,” he said.

Banks said this event was necessary to showcase there is a lot to look forward to in Scotlandville.

“The win is here, so it’s a blessing,” she said.

The second public meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Scotlandville Branch Library from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.