City Works To Revitalize Monroe's Southside

Monroe, La.-- - If you go down South 3rd and 4th Streets in Monroe you'll see lot, after lot, of condemned properties.

Now city leaders are asking for the parishes help to fix more than two dozen eyesores on the Southside.

"We need to revitalize certain areas of the city, and that is certainly one of the areas we need to revitalize," Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said.

Monday night the Monroe Housing Authority is requesting the Ouachita Parish Police Jury donate and waive the taxes on these properties. 

The housing authority plans on building homes on these lots, which will be rented out.

It's a plan police juror Pat Moore said she's behind.

"If they're wanting to come in and build houses here, to restore the area, rebuild, put a sense of hope and give people the opportunity to live in safe and decent homes, then certainly I want to be a part of that," Moore added.

City leaders believe fixing these properties will also help reduce crime and violence in the area. 

"It's very important to note that trying to address crime deals with more than law enforcement. It also deals with code enforcement. It deals with the fact that you have dilapidated structures in the area," Mayor Mayo added. 

It's one of Mayor Mayo's efforts to try to create a safer community for everyone.

"Any opportunity we have to improve the quality of life- those are the type of things we have attempted to do, and now on the list is South 3rd and South 4th Street," Mayor Mayo said. 


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