Residents push for clean-up of abandoned properties
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Abandoned houses dot the Capital City, but it could soon be easier to clean those properties up.
Tanya Rogers lives next to several of them and is renovating one right now, she said the ones crumbling around her are bringing the neighborhood down.
"It looks trashy, it looks very trashy. The grass is grown over, it's not cut back. You try to walk past it and it's very dangerous walking past there, you don't know if somebody is going to be in there," said Rogers.
Rogers and other Louisiana voters will soon have the power to decide if the process of getting rid of those homes should be shorter, something she plans on saying "yes" to.
"I would rather it be done in six-months to a year. I think it can be done," said Rogers
Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle has been battling the issue of blighted properties for years, she says it's all about making the community a better place.
"We do not want to take people's property. We just want them to take care of the blighted properties so it will be good for other neighbors on site. We have kids that are playing. They turn into drug houses, there are just so many problems with these abandoned and blighted properties," said Marcelle.
If the constitutional amendment passes instead of taking years to take care of abandoned and blighted properties, it could take just months.
"It speeds up that process. If houses are abandoned and blighted than they can move through the process a lot quicker than before," said Marcelle.
Lawmakers voted to pass the constitutional amendment this session. The issue goes to a ballot vote in November of 2014.