Date: March 19, 2011
Description: Beginning Saturday March 19, 2011, residents in District E will begin to notice an increase in the remediation of blight in their community. Quality of Life issues, such as blight, remain as one of our most pressing issues in post-Katrina New Orleans, and I am elated that we have finally secured a contractor to begin addressing these properties. Most of these properties will be addressed under the Interim Nuisance and Abatement Program (INAP). INAP is federally funded under the auspice of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Disaster Community Development Block Grant. INAP will provide the funding for cutting severely overgrown grass, clearing lots and draining and filling abandoned swimming pools.
Over the last ten months, my staff has compiled a comprehensive listing of blighted properties, pools and lots that is sent to the Code Enforcement and Health Departments on a regular basis. This list will be resubmitted to ensure that your blight concerns are addressed. This administration has a great plan to reduce 10,000 blighted properties in the next three years. As the Councilman of the district with one of the highest amounts of abandoned properties, I look forward to seeing the plan come into fruition and will continue to work closely with Mayor Landrieu and his staff to see that District E not only returns but surpasses its Pre-Katrina state.
I encourage the residents of District E to pay close attention to the recovery going on around them. Blighted units are being demolished, new businesses are opening and our ‘Quality of Life” is constantly being improved. We have waited almost six years to see this extent of progress, and while it is not being done at the rate that most of us would like, I am happy that it is being done!
Contact: Donna Dugue at 504-658-1050 for more information.