International Paper, Bogalusa Rebirth, The City of Bogalusa Join to Eradicate Blight
Published 5:30 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Special to the Daily News
Condemned houses are being torn down in Bogalusa thanks to a coalition funded by the “Neighborhood Health & Wellness through Blight Remediation” grant from International Paper Foundation.
Bogalusa Rebirth was awarded International Paper grant funds to demolish condemned structures. In partnership with the City of Bogalusa, Bogalusa Rebirth helps to identify properties that have already been condemned by the city and has them tested for environmental hazards. Four demolitions have already been completed. The initial demolitions are properties that do not contain asbestos. More complicated demolitions that require environmental remediation are part of the long-term goal.
The City of Bogalusa and Bogalusa Rebirth team to accomplish the demolitions. City Council leaders from each district will assist to identify the next structures to come down. Mayor Wendy Perrette stated “One down and many more to go”.
“At International Paper, we know that our mills can’t thrive if our communities aren’t thriving,” said Nakia Cowan, IP Bogalusa Mill manager. “We are proud to support the work of local organizations like Bogalusa Rebirth that are working to make our community safer and more inclusive.”
CenterPoint Energy recently contributed to the blight fund and will help toward our next round of blighted structures to be torn down.
Bogalusa Rebirth is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible. To contribute to the blight eradication fund, call Wendy Dupont at (985) 516-2005 or email SaveBogalusa@bellsouth.net.