Baton Rouge named finalist in $30M HUD neighborhood grant

Baton Rouge named finalist in $30M HUD neighborhood grant
The neighborhood initiative is about 1.6 square miles of three neighborhoods: Melrose East; Smiley Heights; and East Fairfields, known as the Ardenwood area.(Source: Partners Southeast)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) selected the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority (EBRPHA), City of Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (EBR Redevelopment Authority) as this year’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grant Finalist.

HUD received 32 grant applications and selected 4 applicants as finalists. HUD officials will visit a Baton Rouge site visit on Feb. 20 to better understand the city’s proposed transformation plan, which involved converting the East Fairfield, Smiley Heights and Melrose East neighborhoods into an “urban creative community.”

The plan would focus on several initiatives, such as attracting businesses to utilize abandoned properties as well as bringing in mixed housing and commercial projects to those neighborhoods. Investments include $13.6 million in human capital investments, $92.5 million in housing, $31 million in education, $110 million in workforce-training, $14.4 million in neighborhood, $66 million in transportation and $7.5 million in health & wellness.

Baton Rouge was selected out of 32 candidates, and other finalists include Omaha, Nebraska; Newport News, Virginia; and Norfolk, Virginia.

HUD will announce the grant winners in March 2019.

To learn more, visit the BR Choice website.

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