Is there enough community development funding to go around? One Hub City resident is hoping there is. Jimmy Lebouef lives on Chester Street, the Northside of town.
Lebouef says his neighborhood is riddled with absentee landlords and property owners who don't care about the community around them. "Nothing against the people living here just the slumlords. thats all I'm concerned about," says Lebouef.
Lebouef knows it's going to take some legwork to bring his community where he says it should be. Lebouef brought his plight before the city parish council Tuesday.
It's neglected rental property in his neighborhood that has him on edge. "We're two blocks away from Northside High School you would think this would be a nice neighborhood. Look at homes down here; you have the same type of atmosphere as the saints streets area, but yet we get nothing," says Lebouef
Lebouef also wants to prevent trouble from easily rolling-in and quickly riding-out. He claims blighted property is a welcome mat for crime. "We're trying to get traffic control in here we are unable to, because of the fact that the landlords have more property than the homeowners do; so they out vote us on those situations."
"This neighborhood that community can use some support and some assistance in correcting some problems. The area has become somewhat heavily populated with rental properties," adds Consolidated Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux.
Boudreaux says the Northside of Lafayette is seeing major commercial and residential growth; but help is still needed especially in terms of community pride. "Those people who have rental property in that area and not reside there; what we are asking them is to maintain their property as though they were living there as oppose to just owning it for profit. If we can do that, then we're going to see some major improvement for that area."