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Parish Awards $1Million for Humpfrees Site Revitalization

Photo Rendering: Jeff Spikes iArchitecture

An effort to revitalize the old Humpfrees building in Shreve Square received a big boost from the Caddo Parish Commission. The Commission today authorized $1 million in funding to support ongoing efforts by developers to restore the building as lofts. Funding for this development comes from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds the parish received from the Biden administration.

Once complete, 114 Texas will be a complete replica of the original design consisting of twelve one-bedroom units. Each unit will contain a washer, dryer, dishwasher, central air and heat, ceiling fans, and energy efficient features (lights, plumbing, insulation, windows). In an additional attempt to stay true to the original exterior design, each loft will allow for high ceilings, exposed masonry walls, and other enhanced architectural features. There will be exterior security cameras for the grounds. The development will provide common area amenities for use by residents on the first floor.

"This is a major milestone to replicate a building that meant so much to so many in our community" says Commissioner Steven Jackson. We are thankful that we have a local architect professional in Jeff Spikes who reconstructed the original design. Young professionals seeking downtown housing options will have more opportunities once completed." "We are excited to continue the progress of restoring this important landmark of downtown Shreveport. These challenging endeavors are only possible through the efforts of a large group of proactive professionals and community supporters," said developer Edward Taylor with Brown-Taylor Development. Brown-Taylor development has experience in breathing life into historic downtown buildings in Shreveport as they are near completion of UNEEDA Biscuit Artist Lofts.

The Parish of Caddo received over $40 million in American Rescue Plan funds and set aside $2 million of those funds for development of housing. Last month during the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual Legislative Conference, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged parish and county officials across the nation to invest ARPA funds in projects such as housing and workforce development.

Photo Rendering: Jeff Spikes iArchitecture

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