BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Those living in unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish are invited to two community meetings focusing on blight initiatives.

“To be located in an unincorporated part of the parish means the areas are not incorporated within the City of Baker, therefore services are provided by the parish,” Baton Rouge city officials said in a news release Monday. “Often times, this is very confusing and frustrating for residents that often find themselves in “blurred line spaces.”

“We want to take a different approach to eliminate and prevent blight in our communities,” city officials continued. “Most current property that is deemed “blighted property” was at some point and time properties that were useful whether if its uses were for active commercial properties, livable residential property, or open land that isn’t a hazard to neighboring properties, etc.  Therefore, we’re inviting the EBRP Sheriff’s Office to discuss tax sales and sheriff sales.  When houses, automobiles, and other tangible items are not sold, mostly homes and vacant properties, they become adjudicated.”

The Parish Attorney’s Office and the City-Parish Department of Development will also be invited to the meetings to discuss programs and hear from residents.

When and where meetings on blight will take place:

Session I

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Restoration Christian Center (2018 Main Street in Baker)

Session II

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Shady Grove 1st Missionary Baptist Church (16443 Plan Road in Baker)