Residents in Baton Rouge and across the country want to create vibrant and welcoming places everyone wants to call home. But to accomplish this goal, bridging the wealth and attainment gaps that allow Baton Rouge residents to improve their own financial future is critical. Mid City Redevelopment Alliance is helping people bypass challenges and improve their lives.
Cannatella Grocery was established in 1923 by Charles Cannatella and his father Joseph in Melville, Louisiana. The family lived in the house next to the store, and as Aunt Jennie wrote in the family history:
The Crawford House, 1855 Country Club Drive, has been in the news quite a bit as of late. You may have seen any number of articles or petitions calling for its preservation amid news that it had been sold to a development company for $800,000 who had plans to demolish the building and subdivide the lot into 4 smaller lots.
A cloudless sky greeted our team on April 27th, the date of our annual FIXUP Mid City 2019. We were out there by 5am unloading plants, setting up coffee and donuts, and prepping Acadian Blvd to be closed for a corridor revitalization project involving upwards of 65 volunteers and six different projects.
Mid City Merchants is all about community, and what better way to practice what we preach than by meeting monthly with our members. On the first Thursday of each month, we gather for a social event in order for members to better know each other, network, and learn more about the activities the board of directors are working on.
Justin Lemoine is a 2006 graduate of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at LSU. After a brief residence in Austin, Tx, Justin and his wife Lauren returned to Baton Rouge where he ultimately founded ELS Landscape Architecture Studio. As a landscape architect and business owner, he works on a wide variety of projects from residential landscapes, to public parks and public spaces, to commercial facility landscapes. In his free time, though, he does much, much more to ensure the continued growth of Mid City.
The buzz has already started about the next venture from four members of the Hayride Scandal team, Remi DeMatteo, Robyn Andermann, and brothers Lance and Scott Paddock. They are already credited with successfully opening up the swanky cocktail bar, Hayride Scandal, in Baton Rouge, but they are not stopping there. They're looking forward to their next concept: a unique opportunity in Mid City.
A prime piece of Mid City Real estate will hit the market when the Capital Area Human Services District vacates its offices on Government Street across from White Star Market. The building, designed by renowned architect A. Hays Town, could see new life in its present form, or could be razed to make way for something completely different. Mid City real estate watchers will be keeping a close watch on what could become the most sought after piece of land on booming Government Street
Congratulations on being elected to serve as Mid City Redevelopment Alliance's next Board Chair! What made you interested in serving on the board of MCRA?
I was a resident of Mid City for two years prior to becoming a member and wanted to be a part of the positive change that was occurring in the community.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome joined dozens of volunteers during her annual "Operation Fresh Start" on February 16th. The project was a concentrated effort to reduce blight across our community through volunteer and City Parish efforts. Mid City volunteers picked up trash and went door to door, sharing information about Mid City programs, including the Mayor's "Blight Boot Camp" which will be held on June 1.
The mission of Mid City Redevelopment Alliance is to develop and promote the growth and renewal of Mid City Baton Rouge by attracting new and retaining current residents and businesses.