Woman Vows to Improve Freret Street Even If She Must Find the Money Herself

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Kellie GrengsImproving the Freret Street Corridor has become a one-woman crusade.

Kellie Grengs wants to make the neighborhood safer for residents and visitors.

She told WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter how she plans to do it.

When home and business owners in the Freret Street Corridor were first presented with neighborhood improvement plans not everyone was on board.

“There’s a number of neighbors who’ve stepped forward and said yes, we want this and a number that have said yes we want this but we don’t want to pay for it,” Kellie Grengs said.

It’s why Grengs has been hard at work the past few months developing a non-profit organization.

It’s called the Freret Improvement District.

The plan is the make upgrades to the neighborhood without raising taxes.

Grengs is leading the charge by writing grants and developing other fundraising efforts.

“This is my neighborhood, this is my community I walk my dog here every day. I see my neighbors every day.” “I want our families to be safe.”

The initial plan will focus on security; by placing street lights in dark areas, and more security cameras on homes and businesses… There are also plans for beautification upgrades.

“Improving just the quality of life so people feel safe in the neighborhood and people feel safe visiting our neighborhood that’s really important as well.”

“I think it’s fantastic,” business owner Jason Miner said.

Miner owns and operates the Freret Clay Center; and he lives in the Freret neighborhood.

He supports the initiative, and he thinks others will too.

“If it can be done with grants and other monies, I don’t see where there could be opposition to it,” Miner said.

“It’s going to be a win win for everyone,” Grengs said.

About a-thousand homes and businesses fall under the improvement district.

If you’d like to get involved, you can send an email to freretimprovementdistrict@gmail.com