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  1. OLOL north Baton Rouge ER nearing completion as planned clinic project remains stalled
  2. Southern University

    Reimagining Southern
  3. Baton Rouge Metro Airport

    Washington D.C. best chance for new direct flight from Baton Rouge this year
  4. Our Lady of the Lake constructing north Baton Rouge emergency room startingTuesday
  5. Deal reached between state, OLOL to create north Baton Rouge emergency room
  6. I post the whole article because its a great article. I copy and paste and I will continue doing that.
  7. I grew up in Scotlandville its not as bad as it use to be that's the same for lot of NBR neighborhoods. I think what some people don't get if more opportunity comes to NBR a lot of the crime that exist will start to decline. A lot of outsiders don't think change can happen, but whats different its not just the parents are grandparents that want change its also the young people that want change.
  8. I like this statement because its so true.
  9. Political attention turning toward underdeveloped north Baton Rouge, but challenges abound for sustainable economic development Dezmion Barrow grew up with his grandmother in Holiday Acres, a subdivision of low-slung, primarily Section 8 rental houses in Scotlandville. No one in his family went to college, and in high school he wasn’t interested in higher education. A trip with a friend to orientation at Southeastern Louisiana University—including a look at all the pretty girls on campus and the thrice-daily buffets in the dining hall—changed his mind. He majored in finance, hoping to transcend his own financial circumstances. Instead, he got a crash course in student loan debt, and after a couple years at SLU and a short stint at Southern University, he dropped out. Now 26 years old, he works night jobs at Sam’s Club and a group home to finance his lawn care and party rental businesses. “This is what an average individual would see,” Barrow says while driving south on Scotland Avenue on a recent grey, drizzly morning in Scotlandville. “Blighted properties over there. You’ve got a rundown car wash right here. … Another closed-down business. See the conditions of those houses over there? Waking up in something like that does something to your psyche.” Barrow knows firsthand that living in uninspiring circumstances leads to more than a negative impression of your own neighborhood. It creates “a hopeless mentality” about what’s possible in your own life, he says. But Barrow isn’t hopeless. As he nears the intersection of Scotland and the ironically named Scenic Highway, he points out public spaces that could be made more inviting with better landscaping and several buildings that would have serious commercial potential if renovated. “You’ve got Southern University coming up the street,” he says. “You’ve got people coming [through here] from Zachary and Baker if they don’t get on the interstate. This is a main entry point. Everybody’s going to see it.”
  10. Delgado wants council to vote on economic opportunity zone, stop deferring item Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado says he plans to call for a vote on his proposed economic opportunity zone in north Baton Rouge—which the council has twice deferred—when it comes back up on the April 13 meeting agenda. The zone would allow for developers in north Baton Rouge to ask the council for property tax abatements for 10 years on redevelopment projects within the zone’s boundaries, which is everything north of Florida Boulevard in the city limits, excluding the Downtown Development District and the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. The item was deferred first for 30 days in January, and then for another 60 days in February, to allow parties to discuss the boundaries of the zone. But Delgado says the zone’s borders are basically the same as what he first proposed. He says it’s a disservice to the public that the council keeps putting off a vote on the matter, adding if his fellow council members do not want to pass it they can explain that decision to their constituents. One issue that may hamper the actual vote concerns how the proposed zone coincides with the proposed hospital service district being proposed by Together Baton Rouge. Hospital Service District No. 2, if created, would include residents living in the 70801, 70802, 70805, 70806, 70807, 70811, 70812 and 70814 ZIP codes. Per Louisiana law, a hospital service district allows a public entity to own and operate a hospital. Hospital Service District No. 1 is in Zachary for Lane Memorial Hospital. The designation allows for tax-exempt financing for construction and the hospital to make tax-exempt purchases. Voters in the district also can vote whether to approve a property tax of up to 5 mills. On the flip side, Delgado’s proposal for the economic opportunity zone allows for property tax abatements for up to 10 years. Delgado says he’s not against the health service district, but he is worried about sending a mixed message to businesses: that there could be extra property taxes levied in a district where you could also get property tax abatements to help redevelop an area. He says it de-incentivizes the reason for businesses would want to locate in north Baton Rouge. Ashley Beck, a special assistant parish attorney, says if both districts are created and the Metro Council grants a property tax abatement to a new property owner for land that lies in both districts, then the property owner would pay the millage for the hospital service district at the assessed value before construction begins. “It would be based on pre-restoration valuations,” Beck says of the value that the millage would be based off. For that example, Beck used the Restoration Tax Credit available from Louisiana Economic Development. Delgado says the abatement in the economic opportunity zone is very similar to the Restoration Tax Credit. “It can get confusing and we really just need to flesh all these things out together,” Delgado says. Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, who has tried to meet with all the groups working to help north Baton Rouge, once again says that all parties involved need to sit down and discuss each person or group’s role in the redevelopment of north Baton Rouge to avoid these types of conflicting moves.
  11. Edwards says state will find a way to bring emergency room back to north Baton Rouge Gov. John Bel Edwards said today he has asked Baton Rouge General Health System administrators to consider reopening their Mid City campus’ emergency room, because he feels the hospital’s business model will be different with Medicaid expansion. “I believe the Medicaid expansion affords them an opportunity to do that because they will have fewer people accessing services in the emergency room without reimbursement associated with that,” Edwards told reporters after his speech at the Louisiana Health Summit held at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Edwards said he had discussions with General administrators when they were talking to Ochsner Health System, of New Orleans, about a partnership involving both medical institutions. The governor said he was working to get an emergency room in north Baton Rouge. If General Health System is unable to reopen the Mid City emergency room, Edwards said, “we’re going to find some other way.” Talk about the closure of the Mid City ER surfaced when Edwards told the more than 250 health care advocates, workers and insurers, present during the Medicaid expansion session, that rural hospitals were closing in Southern states that turned down federal Medicaid expansion dollars. “Don’t think that wouldn’t happen in Louisiana had we not expanded Medicaid, because it would,” Edwards said. “And in fact, we have a hospital—it’s not a rural hospital—right here in Baton Rouge, the Mid City campus of Baton Rouge General, closed its emergency room because too many people were visiting that emergency room without reimbursement dollars going to the hospital.” Edwards added that situation would play out repeatedly in the state without the federal Medicaid expansion dollars. General Health System closed the Mid City ER nearly one year ago, on March 31, in response to mounting financial losses. The system plans to convert the hospital to a specialty care facility. In an interview with Daily Report last week, General Health System/Baton Rouge General President and CEO Mark Slyter says hospital officials have a study that showed emergency medical care was not a top priority for that area of north Baton Rouge. “There is no question there are some additional services we can continue to work on, particularly for that north Baton Rouge area; however, some of the things being proposed may not have the impact that folks are talking about,” Slyter says. He also noted the proliferation of urgent care clinics popping up in Mid City. He says the clinics provide the more appropriate level of care needed for many of the maladies for which people previously sought care at the Mid City facility. During his 20-minute speech, Edwards outlined the need for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. He said it is estimated that more than 300,000 people will be enrolled in Medicaid when the expansion goes into effect July 1. Among those 300,000 eligible residents, about 30,000 would be restaurant workers and 15,000 would work in construction, Edwards said, highlighting that many who would be covered are working-class residents. Those residents, he said, often are caught in the trap of making too much to be covered under Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on their own. Edwards signed an executive order on Jan. 12, his second day in office, to expand Medicaid after his predecessor, former Gov. Bobby Jindal, refused to grant the expansion through the Affordable Care Act.
  12. Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    You said they trying to move it that's not true. They was against the medical district because there tax dollars are be used in that area.
  13. Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    That's not what article was about, it wasn't about moving the health district. It was about creating medical options including a hospital with a ER in area's that need it most.
  14. North Baton Rouge residents hopeful, and a bit skeptical, that latest crime-fighting initiatives will work After spending two years studying the roots of crime in a handful of north Baton Rouge neighborhoods, East Baton Rouge Parish officials are rolling out a number of community programs they hope will help. As dozens of children shot hoops Monday evening with police officers and jumped rope at BREC’s Saia Park on Donmoor Avenue, Gail Grover, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden’s assistant chief administrator, explained the six programs being launched in the Istrouma, Midtown, Eden Park, Greenville Extension, Smiley Heights and Melrose East neighborhoods. A series of four-week employment preparedness seminars, a pair of after-school programs, a free legal clinic addressing run-down properties and blight, and programs designed to boost residents’ ability to lobby with city leaders are among the initiatives being funded by a roughly $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant, Grover said. The city-parish received the grant in 2014 but spent the first two years studying and canvassing the neighborhoods and holding study groups to get residents’ views on what’s driving high crime rates in the area. The answer researchers heard? High levels of unemployment, a lack of programming for children, and a need for stronger community organizations, Grover said, leading those working on the grant to propose six strategies to address some of the issues challenging the neighborhoods. City-parish officials are holding a series of three family fun nights at parks in the targeted neighborhoods to explain the programs. The third and final event is at 4 p.m. Wednesday in BREC’s Gus Young Park. Grover said the programs focus on many of the same impoverished areas targeted by other grants, including a federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhood planning grant, and programs like Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination , an anti-crime initiative. Taken together, Grover said, the grants should offer a “holistic approach” to tackling the roots of crime and poverty in the neighborhoods, which largely lie in the 70802 and 70805 ZIP code areas. But several of the roughly 30 residents at Monday’s presentation expressed initial skepticism at the latest initiatives. “I’m tired of the money coming through here and us ending up worse off,” said Pearl Porter, who lives in the Istrouma neighborhood. Porter said she’s seen lots of revitalization efforts during her 43 years in the neighborhood, only to watch as local public schools closed and crime climbed. “And look where we’re at,” Porter said. “We’ve heard this so many times. At the end of this grant, we need to see some changes.” Hazel Bradley Averhart, who lives around the corner from Porter, said she’s hoping the latest grant might offer a chance to connect residents with some of the programs designed to help them. Margo Wilson and Anthony Wright, who own a construction and janitorial services company near Saia Park, both said they’re hopeful the latest set of initiatives could have a positive effect on the area. “The fact that they’re starting to come over this way is great,” said Wilson. “But now that they’ve talked about it, we want to see it.” Grover said the first round of programs — including after-school courses focused on black history and empowering youth at New Hope Baptist Church and Friendship Capitol High School — started earlier this month. A summer program for children still is in its planning stages, but Grover said other programs — like seminars led by Employ BR offering help on landing a job — are scheduled to launch soon. The roughly $800,000 in remaining grant funding should cover the cost of programs for about two years, Grover said.
  15. Mid City

    Ducote to bring Louisiana-style tacos to White Star Market in Mid City When Clark Gaines and his wife began developing the concept for White Star Market—which is expected to open early next year in Mid City—one of the first people they consulted was local chef Jay Ducote. Gaines wanted to discuss the food hall concept with Ducote and see if the former Food Network Star finalist would be interested in helping to promote it. Ducote’s initial reaction was that it sounded like a very cool concept and a good way for people to get into the culinary business at a reasonable startup cost. But Ducote says he soon realized that the concept would be a good way for him to test out his gourmet taco concept, dubbed Gov’t Taco, and he’s now signed on to be one of the 10 vendors in the market. “Tacos are certainly something I love,” Ducote says. “I think a lot of people have a lot of affection for tacos.” Gaines and his wife are opening their food hall concept—which has found success across the country, including at the St. Roch Market in New Orleans—in the mixed-use Square 46 development in Mid City along Government Street. “This gourmet food hall concept is pretty trendy around the country right now, but something I feel has some staying power,” Ducote says. Gaines says getting Ducote to sign on with the market is significant because of Ducote’s local celebrity status, which he’s cultivated over several years through his Bite and Booze blog, his social media following, a radio show on 107.3 WBRP-FM and, most recently, his run on Food Network Star. “It’s a great get,” Gaines says. Ducote says his menu will be different from the traditional Mexican taco offerings, and will be an amalgamation of his signature dishes, his favorite flavor profiles and food he has tried in his culinary travels. “Every ingredient on every taco is going to be there on purpose and it’s going to be designed to compliment those flavors,” Ducote says. The menu will be small, featuring a handful of signature tacos—like a BBQ taco with his Jay D’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce—and rotating daily specials. He says people can follow his recipe testing and development on social media in the next 10 months before White Star Market opens. At White Star Market, each vendor will serve a different delicacy, all being made in the communal kitchen in the back of the 5,900-square-foot space. Gaines is leasing the space from Square 46 developer Joshua Hoffpauir, and the 10 vendors will sublease from Gaines. Gaines says he has still has three food vendor spots left. He has more than 40 applications for those final spots, but says he is still hearing pitches for the spaces. Read a recent Business Report feature on Ducote.