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Forgotten firehouses set to be addressed by Metro Council

2 years 11 months 1 day ago June 24, 2014 Jun 24, 2014 Tuesday, June 24 2014 June 24, 2014 5:49 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - At least three of the city's blighted and abandoned old firehouses will be talked about at the Metro Council meeting tomorrow.

It comes after a report by the WBRZ Investigative Unit last year that showed the problems from the city's six blighted firehouses. We showed you that some of the firehouses are being used for illegal activity.

The ones located on North Laurel Street, Rosenwald Road and Gus Young will all be re-purposed for the community.

Edgar Hamilton knows all about the problems the blighted problems bring.

"We've often wondered since they moved from there what was going to happen to that house station," Hamilton said.

Hamilton lives near the Gus Young Station and said the eye sore plagues his life. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle knows about the issues because her constituents complain.

"If we are going to lead, we need to lead by example," Marcelle said. "The city of Baton Rouge owns these firehouses. We need to do something positive with them."

Last year, we showed you that one of the fire houses on Osage Street was being used for apparent sexual activity. Our cameras captured people engaging in those acts and the evidence left behind. Used condoms littered the property.

That firehouse is in Councilwoman Tara Wicker's district.

"It's a huge issue these fire stations that have been sitting in blighted conditions," Councilwoman Tara Wicker said. "We have to do something with them. They serve as an eye sore in the community. We have prostitutes, drug addicts going into these locations like any other vacant property in the city."

Although there are no immediate plans for the Osage fire house, Wicker is in talks with community improvement groups.

Both councilwomen say part of the reason why this process is so time consuming is because City Parish property can't just be given away. There are strict guidelines that have to be followed.


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