SporTran has begun phase one of demolition and rehabilitation plans for the Sun Furniture building.
The building on the corner of Murphy Street and Texas Avenue is a building that has served Shreveport for over 120 years as a car dealership, furniture store, grocery store and drug store.
Now SporTran is giving this building a new lease on life with a SporTran Resource Center, which will be home to a transit mall, employee wellness center, a safety training facility, a public food court and more.
“The Sun Furniture project will have a huge impact on the economy and viability of an underserved area of downtown,” said Dinero’ Washington, CEO of SporTran.
In 2018, SporTran acquired the building but due to COVID, the project has been slowed.
In March 2021, the City of Shreveport sought services for a qualified abatement contractor to perform the task of removing any asbestos from the building.
SporTran explained Wednesday that they have successfully completed the asbestos abatement process and have begun Phase One.
The first phase includes the refurbishment of the historic Sun Furniture sign which will be removed and reinstalled upon completion. Construction of the retail food court will also happen during this phase as well as the rehab of the original storefront and windows. It is expected to be completed in early 2023.
Once that is completed the next phase can begin. It will include the construction of the Safety Training Innovation Center and construction of the Regional Transit Technology Center.
“We’re combining cutting edge technology with studied and thoughtful preservation of a Shreveport landmark to create avenues for investment in our community,” said Washington. “It will improve our service and greatly benefit our passengers.”
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact her at [email protected].
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