BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - State and city leaders invited the public to a hands-on planning and design exercise for the old Earl K. Long Hospital site at the S.E. Mackey Community Center on Ford Street Thursday.
Louisiana Senator Sharon Weston Broome, Representative Regina Barrow and Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards were among the community leaders who met with the residents in that area to see what they would like to take the place once the old hospital is gone.
"The citizens are being empowered. The citizens are being pro-active. And I certainly believe that in order for us to have success in our community, the citizens have to be stakeholders, first and foremost," said Broome.
People were set at tables and asked to write down what they think should go up on the property at 5825 Airline Highway once they tear down Earl K. Long Hospital.
"You know that they say the state does not have the money, but hopefully they can incorporate our plans into the ideas.And take it into consideration, instead of just doing something," said Lorechia Brown, one of the residents who attended.
Ideas from the meeting will be gathered for presentation at the next meeting which begins planning for new construction. Current plans have the hospital being demolished this year.