He began Legett Construction with a plan to build affordable homes for low income families but also help them qualify for the homes. “We have helped people who have never owned a home get the opportunity to buy homes for the first time,” he explained. Through the Community Reinvestment Act, he was able to share his ideas. Those ideas eventually attracted a partnership with Whitney Bank. With funds available through the Federal Government and the support of Whitney Bank, he became the liason to bridge all entities together. Legett Construction has built homes all over the Greater New Orleans Metro. His homes are now occupied in Harvey (Westbank), the Lower 9th Ward, the Bywater District, and Uptown New Orleans. The company has also built homes in Baton Rouge. His company has actually been the link to bring other minority construction companies into the fold by contracting them to share the work opportunities. Legett is responsible for building hundreds of new homes and helping over 300 families qualify to buy them.Burges, a former City Councilwoman in Baker, LA, says Leggett’s ideas were so illustrated that she could see his vision to restore the community plain and clear. Rather than seek another term she vowed to work with Legett to rebuild her town. “He not only had the resources but he had a plan. A clear plan that would hire people, rejuvenate areas which were deteriorating, but he also had the tenacity to fight the kind of opposition that would surely come his way,” she said.
Maybe that’s the reason he stepped out on Faith and opened the only Black owned grocery store in Baton Rouge, LA in an area that’s predominately Black and always overlooked in comparison to other thriving areas of the city. North Baton Rouge, which consists of Baker, Scottlandville, and Glen Oaks communities saw it’s landmark Winn Dixie close down two years ago. A tragedy that would require residents to drive an even further distance just to make groceries. “It wasn’t fair that these residents should continue feeling ostracized from the economic growth that other parts of the city have become used to,” said Leggett. “So, I made up in my mind that I would.