Community Partners Program
The Community Partners Program affords individuals, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and partnerships containing any of these three the opportunity to apply to acquire through purchase or lease available properties owned by Build Baton Rouge and held in the authority’s land bank.
Acceptance into the Community Partners Program is made in accordance with the following policies:
- Only properties that have not been identified by Build Baton Rouge for other uses may be purchased or leased through the Community Partners Program. BBR reserves the right to designate any of its land bank properties as unavailable at any time prior to entering into a binding sale or lease.
- In addition to the application attached below and depending upon the type of project, BBR may request that prospective community partners submit some or all of the following:
- Detailed development plans, including construction timelines;
- Social Security Number for individuals, Tax I.D. number for organizations, or other government-issued identification;
- Evidence of financing commitment(s) to support the proposed development project or other evidence of financial capacity to support the proposed development project;
- Proof of residency;
- Any other information or documentation that BBR determines is necessary and useful in evaluating an application.
- Prospective community partners must not own any real property that is subject to any un-remediated citation of violation of the pertinent state and local codes and ordinances.
- Prospective community partners must not own any real property that is tax delinquent. This includes ownership through a business entity or series of business entities.
- Some BBR land bank properties were formerly tax adjudicated properties. Formerly tax adjudicated properties are at risk of possessing conditions affecting the marketability of title stemming from deficiencies in the tax adjudication process. Prospective community partners are encouraged to consider this risk, especially if their development plans involve third party financing. Sales through the Community Partners Program are made without warranty of title.
- As a state entity, BBR cannot sell its land bank properties for less than fair market value. Any sale will require an appraisal of the property to be performed by a licensed Louisiana real estate appraiser no more than six (6) months prior to the sale.
- BBR cannot front the costs of either appraisals or title work. BBR will work with prospective community partners to coordinate appraisals and title work as needed and requested by the prospective community partner. If BBR will be procuring these services, the prospective community partner will be required to provide a deposit sufficient to cover the related costs.
- In cases where two or more eligible community partners express interest in acquiring the same property, BBR will evaluate the totality of the circumstances in selecting an application or denying all applications.
- Upon transfer through the Community Partners Program, the transferee shall be required to bring the property into compliance with all current housing, health, and safety codes within the first three (3) months.
- Community partners who have acquired undeveloped and buildable property through this program will be required to meet agreed upon deadlines for beginning and completing construction. Property acquired through this program for construction is also subject to physical inspection by BBR staff or their designated representatives until the date a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
The Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners must approve all transfers of property made through the Community Partners Program. All timelines and subject to reasonable adjustment and exceptions for each project.