Today, the 120-year-old house at 8405 Jeannette St. is a beauty. Freshly restored, it’s filled with historic character and sought-after amenities, including a spacious new camelback addition.

Just two years ago, though, it was slated for demolition, and all of its architectural details could have ended up in a landfill.

The remarkable turn-around for this once-blighted property came about thanks to the work of the PRC’s Operation Comeback program and developer Eagle Eye Resources.

The house, originally built in 1892, sat vacant for several years before it surfaced on the PRC’s radar. An out-of-state mortgage company “had it for sale for many months and had requested permission from the City of New Orleans to demolish the whole property,” said Becky Gipson, director of Operation Comeback. The demolition plan was met with vocal opposition from many parties, including the PRC’s Advocacy program. (read complete article here)

For most of their young lives, football was life for Gerald Baptiste and Korey Williams. Both were raised by single parents in what they describe as “poverty-stricken” neighborhoods in New Orleans; for both, professional football players were some of the only successful males to look up to, presenting the only opportunity, it seemed, to achieve wealth, prestige and fulfillment.

Both were stars on the Edna Karr High School football team — Baptiste as a quarterback and Williams as a linebacker — and both ended up attending and having successful football careers at Southern Mississippi University. But for a variety of reasons, careers in the NFL eluded the young men.

So both returned to New Orleans with aspirations to start their own businesses. Baptiste, being two years older, did so first: Mentored by men with experience in custodial services, he founded Eagle Eye Resources, a firm specializing in facility maintenance, in 2013. A few years later Williams returned home, too, and soon joined forces with Baptiste. The company grew, and before long the duo was focusing on real estate.

They began to acquire historic properties and restore them. Some they have sold, others they have kept as rentals. So far Baptiste and Williams, who are 30 and 28 years old, respectively, have completed renovations in West Carrollton, Bayou St. John, New Marigny, New Bywater and Gentilly.  (read complete article here)