Ville Platte contractor uses different method for blighted homes

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A local contractor in Ville Platte is looking to solve the city’s problem of blighted homes with a different tactic.

“I just like to do ’em all. You know make our property more valuable so they can stop low balling our property,” says Ellis Guillory.

Guillory is the contractor who has renovated multiple homes in the city.

Before, it stood like many others including the one next door to it, blighted and abandoned.

Now, it is back to life and Guillory says that could symbolic of the area if done right.

“Just think if we could have this in our area. You know accumulate more property taxes, create more jobs,” says Guillory.

Back in April, we reported on the city of Ville Platte tearing down the blighted homes, a tactic that Guillory disagrees with.

“Unless they plan on having some big contractors come in and build something new then. You know each property takes a lot of funding for this,” says Guillory.

Guillory says he would love to do this hundreds of homes in the city but there is one thing holding him back.

“This has been my goal from day one, you know. I got 30 pieces of property, some of them is not the best of looking but it takes money, funding, you know what I’m saying,” says Guillory.

Guillory says two of his four renovated homes are completed and the other two are in the process.

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