Newly elected Faubourg St. John president Michael Cohn participated in an interview with Ray Romero of the Clear Channel radio network. The interview was aired on January 1, 2012 on the following radio stations: WNOE 101.1 | WRNO 99.5 | KVDU 104.1 | WYLD 940AM | WODT 1280AM
Citizens interested in fighting blight should call 311 to report the property to the city. Please forward any information about blighted properties in Faubourg St. John to [email protected]
For more information about fighting blight, please click on the BLIGHT tab at FSJNA dot ORG or visit the link below:
LOYOLA University published blight busting strategies on July 20, 2010.
Click the link below to view that report:
The City of New Orleans published their blight busting strategy on September 30, 2010. Click the link below to view that report:
The definitions of blight and public nuisance below were obtained from the following link:
Many residents don’t understand what is meant by the terms “public nuisance” and “blight”. Generally, they refer to properties that are vacant and in a state of disrepair. Generally blight is a worse condition than public nuisance. Below is a description of what is usually meant by those terms. This is a summary, not a legal definition. For the legal definition, see Chapter 28 of the City code, available on the code enforcement main page.
A property can be considered a public nuisance if:
There is a significant amount of trash or garbage on the lot.
There are plants or weeds above 18 inches.
There are abandoned automobiles, building material, discarded appliances, machinery or furnishing.
It could be a hazard to children because of the condition of its foundation, the condition of the slab, abandoned machinery, unsecured building materials, uncovered holes or uncovered excavation.
There are conditions that could allow vermin infestation.
There are objects that can hold standing water.
A property can be considered blight if:
It is chronically vacant.
There are unresolved code violations for unsafe, unsanitary or unhealthy conditions.
It has been declared a fire hazard.
It is lacking in facilities or equipment required by the Housing Code of the City of New Orleans.
It has been deemed “demolition by neglect” pursuant to section 84-108 or 84-208 of the City Code.
It has a substantial negative impact on the health, safety, or economic vitality of a neighborhood.
It is a vacant lot that is abandoned, does not meet the requirements of the City Code or has been adjudicated.
There is a vermin infestation.
New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
The City of New Orleans Code Enforcement declares properties to be blighted through an official City of New Orleans designation process.
After a property is declared blighted by the city, ownership does not immediately transfer to NORA. Before we can take control of a blighted property, we must first work with the courts to obtain the title to the property. This process may take anywhere from six months to two years depending on the ownership structure and legal issues involved in each individual case.
NORA only initiates cases to seize titles of blighted properties in limited instances and on behalf of Lot Next Door purchasers.
As an alternative to pursuing property titles through the courts, NORA also works with code enforcement authorities and neighborhood organizations to develop remediation strategies. Through code enforcement liens on blighted properties and strategic investment initiatives, market forces are often quite successful in blight remediation.
For more information about code enforcement and blighted properties, please visit the City of New Orleans Code Enforcement page.