Posted: Jun 7, 2011 5:05 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jun 7, 2011 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - More than 65 blighted properties in Baton Rouge are gone, and in many of their places are community gardens like the one near the corner of Government and Eddie Robinson Drive.
That's thanks to a Department of Public Works task force of four crews that tore down the homes and businesses that the City Council voted as eyesores.
In District 10, Tara Wicker says she has just three blighted properties left to be torn down. In those cases, she gave the landowners more time to fix the property, something they didn't do.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, David Guillory of DPW said there are just 15 left to be torn down, something he plans to do within the next two weeks, once Entergy turns the power off.
Guillory estimates DPW spent more than $100,000 in taxpayer money tearing down blighted properties in 2010.