Brownsfields Programs

Brownfields in the City of Shreveport
The City of Shreveport and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into a cooperative agreement to undertake an exciting Brownfields Initiative in Shreveport, Louisiana. Brownfields are under-utilized, vacant, or abandoned properties where expansion or redevelopment is challenged by real or perceived environmental pollution.

The overall goal of the Brownfields Initiative is to return properties to productive use in a manner that is economically and environmentally sound.

Components of City's Brownfields Program
The city's Brownfields program includes the following:
  1. Marketing specific Brownfields within the city for redevelopment opportunities
  2. Partner with non-profits to assist in Brownfields programs
  3. Assisting property owners and prospective purchasers with the environmental regulatory (EPA and State DEQ) process
  4. Facilitating community involvement in the decision making process and seeking their support for proposed projects
  5. Leveraging support from other programs that are relevant to the project and expediting the necessary government approval and permitting processes
  6. Offering low interest revolving loans to clean-up sites

Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
The City of Shreveport has received a grant from the EPA to offer low-interest loans for clean up to qualified land owners. To receive information on this program, contact the Brownfields staff by calling 318-673-6090 or by sending an email.

Brownfields Map of Target Areas
Brownfields are being identified in targeted areas within the City of Shreveport that potentially have several Brownfields redevelopment opportunities.

These areas/neighborhoods are shown on the map, and include:
  • Agurs
  • Allendale
  • Cedar Grove
  • Highland / Stoner Hill
  • Ledbetter Heights
  • Queensborough (including adjacent Ingleside and Hollywood)
  • South of Cross Bayou

Brownfield Development
The development of the city's Brownfields inventory takes place as follows:
  • Historical records such as Sanborn Fire Insurance maps and aerial pictures of properties in the targeted areas are reviewed to obtain previous land use information.
  • Based on this information, sites that may be environmentally challenged are screened out.
  • A field survey of the screened sites is then conducted to confirm their locations, as well as current and former land uses. The information collected from the historical records review and field surveys is used to determine if the sites are indeed eligible for Brownfields designation.

If you have further questions, email the Brownfield coordinator.