BR gets grant to revitalize Smiley Heights/Melrose East neighborhood

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge leaders hope a new grant will revitalize an area of the city that used to thrive.

The city was one of nine, nationwide, to receive the $500,000 grants to build new housing and attract new businesses to the Smiley Heights/Melrose East neighborhoods.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says the city and its partners will talk to people in the community, and see what residents want improved and added to their neighborhood. The idea is to bring the area back to the thriving part of town it used to be.

Mayor Holden also acknowledged that Sen. Mary Landrieu and her staff played a key role in Baton Rouge applying to the grant program.

Copyright WAFB 2013. All rights reserved.