More on TMG’s Award-Winning Market Assessment for Shreveport Common Cultural District

For the announcement of TMG’s 2015 State Planning Award of Excellence for a Process for the Shreveport Common Market Assessment, click here.

A devastating fire engulfed the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s (SRAC) headquarters on August 25, 2009, and propelled the vision for a new arts and cultural district in downtown Shreveport. Few would have thought the senseless act of arson would have spurred the revitalization of a once-great neighborhood. A historic, vacant downtown fire station was identified to serve as SRAC’s new headquarters for the artist community, newly named “Central ARTSTATION.”

SC 1After this renovation was completed, the next challenge was to revitalize the surrounding underused nine block area. The Shreveport Common Vision Plan was formed from a nine-month grass-roots, community-involved effort.

Led by SRAC and a team of architects and planners, an advisory board was assembled to include local area leaders, (downtown business partners, the city, and parish) neighbors, developers, artists, bankers and those in the investment community. Door-to-door listening sessions were held with neighbors and property owners; the artist community was surveyed; and numerous community-wide events were held where input was obtained from artists, area residents, and those living across the greater Shreveport area. (more…)

TMG Wins State Planning Award!

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TMG’s Eric Melancon (far left) and Suzanne Leckert (far right) accept the 2015 Process award with the team.

On January 22, 2015, TMG Consulting and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Shreveport, Louisiana were awarded the American Planning Association – Louisiana Chapter 2015 State Planning Award of Excellence for a Process. The award was given for TMG’s market assessment of the Shreveport Common Arts and Cultural District.

The study was spearheaded and funded by the DDA and the Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation (DSDC). TMG Consulting analyzed the market potential for retail, commercial, and residential development (both market rate and artist housing).  Projections of the potential utilization, necessary units and square footage, occupancy rates, and rental revenues for the retail/commercial and residential developments were detailed in the study document. The team’s report has been instrumental in discussions with potential developers, investors, and the banking community about opportunities in Shreveport Common.

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“It was remarkable to see all the data put into an analysis that gave easily understandable meaning to the opportunities available in Shreveport Common. We’re glad to have had the partnership of TMG Consulting in this project,” says Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the DDA/DSDC.

This award-winning project was led by Suzanne Leckert, Director of Feasibility & Land Use, with significant contributions from TMG’s Eric Melancon, Nilsa Duran, Tiffany Pitre, and Rachael Bauer.  At the 2015 Louisiana APA Conference held in Baton Rouge, Suzanne and Eric presented the study to a packed house of planners, government officials, and local leaders.

Read an Overview and Executive Summary of the award-winning market assessment here. For TMG’s full list of client offerings, visit our Products page. Congratulations to our partners and the entire TMG team!

The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

Shreveport Common and the Revitalization of Shreveport, LA

The headquarters of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) was destroyed by fire in 2009, and the subsequent rebuilding project has set off a flurry of activity in Shreveport, LA. The recipient of a coveted grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, SRAC has commenced a far-reaching planning process for what is being termed “Shreveport Common”, a 9-block historic area adjacent to Shreveport’s Downtown. The planning process has included a thorough neighborhood inventory, outreach to nearly 70 stakeholder groups, countless “listening sessions”, designs for infill buildings, a community-based design charrette, and even a neighborhood cleanup day. A national Artist Call for Public Artwork and Interpretive Signage is to be issued later this year.

Interest in this revitalization project has been robust – from the arts community, local developers, area land-owners, and area businesses considering re-locating to what will likely become a textbook case for urban revitalization. TMG Consulting is working with the SRAC team, performing a “planning audit”, and guiding the team from conceptual planning to actual implementation. Such a project is an exciting one for TMG, bringing together our experience in urban planning and historic preservation, and joining with our strong professional focus on feasibility, sustainability, and the realization of our client’s goals.

To learn more about the Shreveport Common, or to discuss your own planning project, please contact Suzanne Perilloux Leckert at (504)569-9239 Ex. 33 or suzanneleckert@tmg-consulting.net.

Disclaimer
The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.