Senior Fellow Clayton Gillette and Assistant Research Scholar Manny Patole have been awarded funding from Build Baton Rouge (BBR), the redevelopment authority of East Baton Rouge Parish, for their work with Co-City Baton Rouge (CCBR) to establish a community land trust (CLT) and community park.
CCBR is an applied-research partnership between the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and LABoratory for the GOVernance of the City as a Commons (LabGov), based at Georgetown University. This partnership supports collaborative community-engagement methods and institutions for economic revitalization in the Plank Road Corridor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Funding for this project, awarded as part of the JPMorgan Chase Advancing Cities Challenge, will provide program support for a CLT to develop blighted properties throughout the Plank Road Corridor and Baton Rouge, preserving housing affordability and anti-displacement planning. Transforming a 4,000 sq. ft. vacant lot into a community park will provide amenities such as green space, stormwater management/reuse, public exercise facilities, urban gardening, and community-resource distribution co-space. On December 3, Manny Patole will be hosting a webinar to showcase the schematic design plans for this park. Sign up if you'd like to learn more about this project.