BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – People living in a blighted community say they’re ready to see change.
The Board of Build Baton Rouge met with BRProud reporter Jessica Knox to provide an update on the redevelopment of the Plank Road area.
For the past four years, Baton Rouge has been working to redevelop this part of the community. Residents who live nearby say developers are dragging their feet.
David Haynes, for example, told BRProud, “No, it ain’t no change. But there needs to be a change.”
Haynes has lived in the community for over 50 years. He says he’s watched the same buildings and roads undergo little to no improvement, and he isn’t alone in voicing this perspective.
Many people say they feel the same way.
Beulah Duhon agreed, saying, “I feel that the progress has been slowed down. I feel that this area should have more things for the community.”
Duhon believes bringing more opportunities and resources to the area will promote growth.
“I do want to see our community coming together and…I think everybody should have access to the things that they need,” she continued.
Knox also contacted Build Baton Rouge’s Office Coordinator, Tricia Prewitt, who said she didn’t have much of an update on the progress of the project.
That said, Prewitt added that the work remains ongoing.
She said, “Two programs are moving forward right now. Within our purview are the Community Land, Bank and Trust, as well as the Eco Park Development at the corner of Link and Erie. BRAC should be going out to bid on that project by the end of the year and hopefully we’ll be breaking ground in late January, early February.”
BRProud will continue to follow the project and report on its progression.