The Biomedical Research Foundation's mission is to develop a knowledge-based economy in Northwest Louisiana. To foster this plan, infrastructure and facilities are required, and the Foundation is providing these resources by developing the InterTech Science Park in Shreveport, Louisiana. The location chosen for the park is an inner city, prior industrial area, bordered by residential neighborhoods. The Foundation wishes to change this area from a worn tired area to a refreshed, thriving area.
In 1996, the Biomedical Research Foundation (BRF) led five community-based task forces composed of 80 community leaders to determine a plan that would diversify Shreveport's economy and provide new opportunities for its residents. The task forces recommended that the Foundation build a Science Park in the city's aging, blighted inner city close to major health centers and to residents rather than in suburban greenfields. Shreveport's inner city contains hundreds of acres of industrial sites that lie vacant, and because of their prior usage, need environmental remediation.
InterTech Science Park is a triangular area of 800 acres in inner city Shreveport surrounded by ten Community Block Grant eligible neighborhoods. InterTech is anchored by three major medical centers - LSU Health Shreveport, Christus Schumpert Health System, and Willis Knighton Health System. Eighty percent of the medical professionals and all of the teaching physicians and nurses in Northwest Louisiana are located in the InterTech area. In addition to the three medical centers, the site encompasses a medical school, a nursing school, the Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute, the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Center, an emergency trauma center, and Shriners Children's Hospital.
The BRF received an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant in 2004 of $43,431, amended to $100,000, for cleanup of the property known as the former Modern Iron Works (located at 3002 Mansfield Road), and a Cleanup Grant in 2005 for $85,955 for cleanup of the former Sproull property (located at 2127 Kings Highway and 3124 Mansfield Road). Also in 2004, the Foundation's partner, the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG), received a Brownfields Assessment Grant for two InterTech properties. In 2006, the Foundation was awarded cleanup grants for two properties: the former Wilson Foods for $197,718 (located at 2400 Kings Highway) and the former Caddo Parish Health Unit for $164,500 (located at 1866, 1868 & 1870 Kings Highway). Following the remediation and demolition at 1868 Kings Highway, the BRF invested $900K to renovate an existing structure into a multi-tenant facility that now houses Southern Isotopes - Shreveport, the BRF's radio nuclear pharmacy operation.
In 2009, the BRF received an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant of $200,000 to perform environmental cleanup of the former Barret property (located at 1431 Dalzell Street).
Cleanup of the Sproull (asbestos), Modern Iron Works (petroleum and metals), Wilson Foods (thallium and diesel), Caddo Parish Health Unit (asbestos), and Barret (soil contamination) properties is enabling the Foundation to re-parcel sections of the InterTech Science Park for development by Park tenants. Structures on the Sproull, Wilson Foods, Caddo Parish Health Unit, and Modern Iron Works sites have been demolished to complete the cleanup of contamination and prepare for new development.
EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant Fact Sheets
Former Barret property at 1431 Dalzell Street, Shreveport, Louisiana (2009)
Former Caddo Parish Health Unit at 1866, 1868 & 1870 Kings Highway, Shreveport, Louisiana and the Former Wilson Foods at 2400 Kings Highway, Shreveport, Louisiana (2006 - two grants)
Former Sproull Paint property, at 2127 Kings Highway and 3124 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana (2005)
Former Modern Iron Works at 3002 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana (2004)