GLP - Jones Creek Road Acquisition & Relocation Services
SJB Group, LLC as one of the qualified right-of-way consultants, was awarded this project to provide right-of-way acquisition services under a general retainer contract for projects included in the 2005 half-cent sales tax extension, known as the “Green Light Plan” (GLP). The purpose of this project is to acquire real property and easements necessary for the construction of Green Light Plan projects for the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works. The Green Light Plan consists of approximately 35 road projects, the majority of which will require the acquisition of real property and easements. It is estimated that it will be necessary to acquire approximately 1100 parcels over the life of the program.
SJB was assigned its first task order on this retainer contract in the amount of $50,000 to obtain right-of-way on 25 parcels along Jones Creek Road (Coursey Blvd. to South Harrell’s Ferry Road).
This project will widen Jones Creek Road to provide two through lanes in each direction, sidewalks and raised median. It will also require a new bridge crossing and realignment at Jones Creek. When combined with other projects in the Plan, it will provide an improved north-south connection extending from Nicholson Drive to Hooper Road.
The general scope of work for right-of-way acquisition was to acquire the assigned parcels on behalf of the City-Parish. Duties included establishing contact with property owners, notifying property owners of any title problems revealed in the abstract, identifying title problems not revealed in the abstract, drafting and delivering offer letters, negotiating and explaining offers to property owners, preparing and delivering sale documents, and all document preparation associated with the above.
Additionally, relocation planning that was necessary required the consultant to prepare a relocation plan that recognized the problems associated with the displacement of individuals, families, businesses, farms, and non-profit organizations and develop solutions to minimize the adverse impacts of displacement.