Abandoned structures coming down in BR
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works continued their crackdown on condemned buildings today, tearing down an abandoned store in Baton Rouge.
The property was one of 58 condemned structures in Baton Rouge scheduled for removal as part of DPW's Blight Elimination Project. People living near the dilapidated structures said they're happy to see the buildings finally gone.
"Anybody wants their neighborhood looking better, and that starts by taking care of the abandon houses and buildings," said resident Tony Brown.
Besides being an eyesore, the buildings are also a health and safety hazard according to DPW.
"Blight has a lot of negative impacts on areas, on neighborhoods on the schools, on things in the area," said the assistant director of public works, David Guillory.
Public works officials say it should take about three months to tear all the vacant buildings down. If you have a vacant abandon building in your neighborhood, call 311 to have DPW check it out and see if it needs to be included on their demolition list.