BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge city leaders paved the way for major renovations for a notoriously troubled Baton Rouge eyesore, the Brandywine Condominiums.
Looking at the condition of the buildings off North Sherwood Forest drive, it is easy to see the results of what some call a tortured past. Over the years, owners have come and gone. Some left behind unpaid bills that were pushed on remaining residents because the entire complex operates off of one utility meter.
However, where neighbors see overflowing trash and busted windows, a new investor said he sees potential.
"It's a property that's ripe for redevelopment and for restoration. We just think it's a good business opportunity," said attorney Roy Maughan.
Around 200 of the 300 units in the complex are tax delinquent, and therefore have become the parish's responsibility. At Wednesday's East Baton Rouge Metro Council Meeting, city leaders agreed to sell those adjudicated units to attorney Roy Maughan and his company, City Holdings L.L.C., for a total of $17,500.
Maughan admits cleanup will be a challenge, but he said the structure are sound despite the outward appearances. He envisions providing housing for low to middle income families, even possibly allowing section eight housing if applicable.
"It's not new or modern architecture by any means. It's not on the best street in Baton Rouge," said Maughan. "But, there is a strong need for affordable housing in this parish and we think this will be clean, affordable, safe housing when we're finished with it."
Maughan assured the council that any current residents in the sold units who want to stay and continue to rent are welcome to. He also plans to work with the owners of the remaining units.
"We'll be buyers if they want to sell it, we'll be partners with them if they want to participate in the rebuilding," said Maughan.
The title holders of those tax delinquent units will have 60 to 100 days to come forward and reclaim their property by paying up. If that does not happen, Maughan and his company can move forward with their plans.