NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - For over a decade, the blighted Higgins Gate Apartments site at Westbend and Herschel in Algiers, has collected everything from rodents, to rubbish and is drawing complaints from neighbors and leaders alike.
The FOX 8 Defenders have tracked the lack of progress, as the site sits in disrepair.
The property was long entangled in legal fights between the city, former owners and contractors. Concerns over asbestos-filled debris, brought work here to a standstill in 2011.
Pastor Bill Magsig of neighboring Berean Bible Church says nothing has been done since.
"Over time that gets old..where the grass grows so high you can't see the debris piles behind us right now...and you start to see families with young children walk past this dangerous stretch of land, resembling the size of the Superdome every single day, just to get to the grocery store," Magsig said.
The blight covers nearly eight acres in Algiers. In 2014, our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reported, and a contractor estimated it would cost the city more than one million dollars to have the rubble hauled away.
Today, after a decade, city leaders announced change is finally headed to the lot.
"I'm happy to tell you that litigation is now completed and the City of New Orleans and the Algiers Development District (are) now poised to move forward and help me clean up this site," explained Councilwoman, Nadine Ramsey in a morning press conference at this site.
Ramsey couldn't give a timeline for the clean-up, and she wouldn't speculate on what might eventually occupy this spot.
But she says the first necessary step is in place, namely, cooperation between the city and the Algiers Development District, to come up with the necessary funds for the clean-up effort.
Stay with the FOX 8 Defenders for continuing coverage of the clean-up at the Algiers site.