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Operation cleans up blighted property in Acadiana

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An eyesore for Acadiana residents was finally taken care of due to Operation Blight-Out.

Initiated by Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux about two years ago, Operation Blight-Out was formed to rid the community of dilapidated properties. The old paper mill on Lejuaunie road has been in the crosshairs of this project.

Boudreaux says, "This facility is a bout a 20 year pain for this government as it relates to problems in this community and now it will be gone." In the past the location has been a safe haven for illegal activity ranging from drug trafficking to prostitution. The fact that the structure is down as far as law-enforcement perspective, EQ perspective, it's safe now. Environmentally clean and it's safe. It's issue that goes away from that perspective, said Boudreaux.

Two local demolition companies have teamed up to tear down the building, free of charge. Troy Leblanc, owner of Demolition Doc told us, "We are just doing it to facilitate and trying to get some of these dilapidated buildings down and cleaned up and making it safer for the community."

Councilman Boudreaux plans to continue the push to rid residential areas of blighted properties, and from time to time, tackle some of the commercial sites, which are some of larger locations to be taken care of.

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