Community members dream up plans for vacant hospital site
BATON ROUGE - Thursday night, people who live and work around the now abandoned Earl K Long hospital met to share their thoughts on what the 14-acre property should become.
State and city representatives hosted the discussion. Developers joined them and listened to ideas. They urged, the discussion was no pipe dream.
"You know, we don't need any more vacant buildings," Linda Randall said. "We need something that's making a difference."
She and others proposed a gym, a movie theater or a park.
"The leadership of this community can take those thoughts and hopes and really the dreams and put them out there so that the development community can see," Perry Franklin of Franklin Associates, LLC. said.
"These aren't just pipe dreams, these are things based on people's real heartfelt wants and desires for north Baton Rouge," he added.
The site has been closed since Spring 2013 and is set to be demolished by the end of the year. The land will then be given to the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority.