RDA board approves transfer of vacant lots

The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority’s board approved the transfer of 105 vacant lots to four nonprofits on Tuesday.

The tax-delinquent properties, which were transferred to the RDA from the city-parish, will be used for affordable housing or green space, said RDA Vice President Mark Goodson

Habitat for Humanity will buy nine, the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance will buy seven, the Jarvis Green Foundation will buy 35 and the National Housing and Community Development Organization will by 54.

The appraised value of the lots was $693,200. The cost of clearing the titles to the properties were paid for with grant money.

The 105 properties are in areas targeted for redevelopment by the RDA — Old South Baton Rouge, Midcity, Valley Park, Zion City/Glen Oaks, Melrose East, Choctaw Corridor and Scotlandville Gateway.