NEW ORLEANS - The face of Broad and Washington is changing. New businesses are popping up, representing $15 million in investments.
“We're really excited about this corridor,” said Will Bradshaw, president of Green Coast Enterprises, which worked to renovate several buildings on Broad Street.
But with three murders in two years in the corridor, business owners want to keep the area safe. That's why they're planning to install 10 surveillance cameras on buildings throughout the intersection through a partnership with Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, District B.
“I don't think that we can underestimate the impact that the cameras can have,” said Cantrell. “It's about public safety, it benefits us all, and so that's what we're supporting.”
Cantrell's office is footing half the bill for the cameras through $5,000 in grant money from Harrah’s Casino. Businesses will take on the rest of the cost. The cameras will be linked to Project NOLA surveillance network.
Cantrell said these will be drastically different from the failed crime cameras of the previous administration.
“They're on private property which is a big difference. The other administration, the past administration, placed them on public property. And so when it's on private property the ability to maintain them increases,” said Cantrell.
Cameras are also popping up on homes throughout Broadmoor thanks to a separate effort spearheaded by the Broadmoor Improvement Association, which is hoping 100 homes will have cameras by the end of the year.
“We'd like to send a message out to any criminals that if they'd like to commit crime in Broadmoor, they very well may be on tape,” said Kelli Wright, president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association.
In the last three weeks since the project kicked off, almost 10 cameras have been installed, all of which will be linked to Project NOLA. Homeowners are responsible for paying for their own camera, and must face the street.
“They're high definition cameras, so they can really go down the block,” said Wright.
And with dozens of digital eyes set to pop up throughout Broadmoor, neighbors and businesses alike are hoping to make their community safer as part of a powerful network.
Cantrell's office is also planning to help fund crime cameras in the Freret and Irish Channel neighborhoods through several thousand dollars in grants.