Our Mission To transform the quality of life for all citizens who live, work and play in East Baton Rouge Parish by returning blighted properties to productive use, fostering redevelopment through facilitating partnerships, and creating a vibrant, globally competitive community while preserving character of place.
Background The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (RDA) was created by the 2007 Louisiana Legislature. We are governed by a five-member Board ofCommissioners, appointed by the Mayor-President, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Baton Rouge Area Chamber. Our goals are to transform the quality of life for all citizens; foster redevelopment in disinvested areas; facilitate partnerships; create a vibrant, competitive community; and preserve and enhance sense of place.
The RDA began operations in February 2009 with the following priorities for its first year: • Organizational development;
• Project development; and
• Community engagement and partnership building.
With these goals and priorities in mind, we carefully assembled a staff of twelve, and canvassed the Parish to view underserved areas and gain a better understanding of citizens’ visions, concerns, and priorities. This on-the-ground research revealed critical needs in our community that we started to address in the our first three years, such as attainable housing, gap financing, home and small business rehabilitation, brownfields redevelopment, and neighborhood planning. Together with our citizens and elected officials, we will continue to build a better East Baton Rouge Parish.
The ExxonMobil YMCA at Howell Place represents the first “Y” for North Baton Rouge, located between two of the RDA's Community Improvement Plan areas. Funded through a $6.1 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the RDA, this facility is improving the quality of life for over 1.8 million people every year. One Stop In partnership with the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH), Gulf Coast Housing Partnership developed the innovative One Stop Homeless Service Center and Housing project, providing housing and services for homeless individuals in Mid City. RDA’s Gap Financing of $158,900 (out of $9.9 million total project cost) ensured successful completion in 2011.The Elysian development stems from a unique partnership between private developer Donnie Jarreau and nonprofit housing developer Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, which will bring 100 affordable and workforce units to the market. Located on previously vacant land just east of downtown, this model project received $841,000 Gap Finance from the RDA, filling a hole within a total project cost of $14,100,000. Hooper Springs RDA investment ensured that affordable housing developer Community Development Inc. fulfills its master plan vision supporting growth within the RDA’s Glen Oaks – Zion City Community Improvement Plan area. RDA’s Gap Financing of $450,000 helped secure 48 units of affordable senior housing units ($6,900,000 total project cost).