BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Metro Council approved to spark clean up, development,and progress in tattered areas of North Baton Rouge.
Developers will have a five-year exemption from paying taxes by applying to the council.
"There's a lot of areas in that North Baton Rouge corridor that are very blighted, that there's not a lot of development in," said Councilman John Delgado. "Really the goal is to bring economic opportunities to North Baton Rouge, for many many years it's just been forgotten."
"People need to go out before they put legislation in and ask people who've tried to do business there who have not succeeded, what some of the road blocks that have kept them from being a success, then tell the legislation based on what you're hearing from first hand experience," said Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.
The hope is that the tax break will spur development, business, homes and opportunity.