Posted: Aug 26, 2014 3:11 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Aug 26, 2014 6:44 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish plans to tear down blighted properties outside of city limits for the first time ever.
Blighted properties like a burned house on East Lakeside Drive put a black eye on subdivisions around Livingston Parish. That's why neighbors want the abandoned properties to be torn down.
"It's not safe for the children around here, and it looks terrible in this neighborhood," said Barbara Cole.
Livingston Parish Councilwoman Joan Landry says the parish budgeted $50,000 in this year's budget to fight blight.
"We want to keep our parish clean," she said. "To get it clean you have to sometimes spend parish money on houses that have been left abandoned that might have liens on them that might be owned by mortgage companies or people out of state that are not taking care of their properties."
The parish picked out the four worst blighted properties, including a mobile home in Eastover Estates that is split in half by a fallen tree. When these abandoned houses are demolished it will mark a first for the parish.
"We didn't have any ordinances in place to tackle that, so last year our council put some ordinances in place," said Landry. "We're moving forward with it to get our parish cleaned up."
Demolition of the properties must be bid on first before work begins. Demolition could get underway in a few months.