Part of downtown Shreveport to be restored, renovated

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 9:42am

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council was presented a hefty grant on Thursday to help restore and renovate parts of western downtown Shreveport.

When the SRAC headquarters burned down in 2009, no one knew that, only a couple years later, they would receive grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Educational Foundation of American multiplying to $5 million.  This need for a new home for SRAC serves as a catalyst for the city to be able to add even greater emphasis and force behind one of the biggest presence for good and positiveness in Northwest Louisiana, said Mayor Cedric Glover.

The old central fire station on Common Street will become the new headquarters of SRAC called the Central Arts Station.  The headquarters will become the heart of a seven-block Shreveport Common, said Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the NEA.

SRAC hopes that the restoration will help regenerate life in the inner city and soon encourage community development in this area using history, preservation and the arts.

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