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  1. BREC

    Baton Rouge Zoo moving to Airline site that flooded? BREC calls it 'feasible,' others question why
  2. BREC

    The question should be if they moved the zoo to that location where will the animals be moved when that location flood again like it did in 2016.
  3. Northern EBR Parish Development

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

    Reimagining Southern
  5. Baton Rouge Metro Airport

    Washington D.C. best chance for new direct flight from Baton Rouge this year
  6. Northern EBR Parish Development

    Our Lady of the Lake constructing north Baton Rouge emergency room startingTuesday
  7. Northern EBR Parish Development

    Deal reached between state, OLOL to create north Baton Rouge emergency room
  8. Northern EBR Parish Development

    I post the whole article because its a great article. I copy and paste and I will continue doing that.
  9. Northern EBR Parish Development

    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.
  10. Northern EBR Parish Development

    I like this statement because its so true.
  11. Northern EBR Parish Development

    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.”
  12. Northern EBR Parish Development

    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.
  13. Northern EBR Parish Development

    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.