Reducing Blight / Neighborhood Beautification

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Keep our historic community safe and secure, our streets clean, our property valuable…a commitment CSED continues to help make the recovering Lower 9th Ward become a more vibrant, beautiful place! That means tackling blighted houses and overgrown lots, working closely with the city and property owners, clean-ups of entire blocks, and much more.

BEFORECSED supports many anti-blight campaigns year-round. In 2011, we participated in the city’s “Fight the Blight” day at Sam Bonart Playground (Forstall Street) – focused on litter abatement, cleaning catch basins, beautification, code citing, painting and general neighborhood beautification around the park. We also aid the New Orleans Fire Department in locating abandoned properties that pose a fire hazard, as well as the Mayor’s Nuisance Lot Maintenance pilot program to cut, clear and maintain overgrown lots in the Lower 9th Ward. Last year, CSED also led street cleanups of the 4800 Block of Dauphine as well as the 400 Block of St. Maurice. And our volunteers have helped improve dozens of properties – and counting – from river to bayou over the last five years.

AFTERThere are many useful resources available for homeowners as well. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) offers two programs: a Blighted Properties process [through City of New Orleans Code Enforcement] and The Lot Next Door, giving residents living adjacent to NORA-controlled properties the first opportunity to purchase and redevelop these properties. BlightStat meetings and presentations provide additional information to interested community members on foreclosures, block cleanups and code enforcement across the city.

Help us fight blight and keep the Lower Nine beautiful!

Call our office at 324-9955 for more information about upcoming activities and assistance with yard or block cleanups.