DSDC is a private, non-profit corporation formed to promote business growth in the Downtown Development District. The Board of Directors is composed of business and property owners and key stakeholders in the downtown area. DSDC operates a low-interest loan program and helps manage the First United Methodist Church parking lots. Over the years, DSDC has funded key historic rehab projects including the conversion of the old Ivan Smith Furniture store into artspace (708 Texas), the creation of Robinson Film Center (617 Texas), and the adaptive reuse of 416 Cotton (the DDA building). In addition, DSDC has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to downtown facade grants, structural and repair grants and small business grants.
Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation (DSDC) exists to stimulate the revitalization of downtown Shreveport through initiatives that enhance business growth, strengthen arts & culture, promote residential development, and preserve downtown’s unique inventory of historic properties. Recognizing that our broad range of architectural styles is a major asset for downtown Shreveport, DSDC seeks to initiate and support creative ventures and adaptive redevelopment efforts that enhance public awareness and utilization of this inventory.
DSDC2, Inc. is a private not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation created in 1998 to help stop blight in the Downtown Development District by encouraging the re-use of abandoned and deteriorating properties within the district for residential and commercial use by initiating public-private partnerships.
FUMC/Common Street Parking Lot – As part of a continued effort to enhance the West Edge Arts District, DSDC2, Inc. partnered with First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in the redevelopment of the church’s property at the head of Texas Street. DSDC2, Inc. invested $100,000 to help develop the lot and ShrevePark Parking Services provides daily oversight. The lot is adjacent to Texas Street, Milam, and Common, the 115-space surface parking lot accommodates monthly and hourly parkers. Monthly: $45. Daily: $4. Call 318-222-7403 for more information.
Loans and Grants
Low Interest Loan Program – DSDC operates a low-interest revolving loan program to encourage business growth in downtown Shreveport. Loan rates are currently at 2.79% up to a maximum of $100,000 for 10 years. Targeted uses for the loan program are façade restoration, residential development, roof repair / replacement, sidewalk improvements, sign repair / replacement / creation, special equipment, and landscaping. Targeted businesses include retail stores, antique galleries, art galleries, office renovations in historic buildings, and single/multifamily residential developments. Call (318) 222-7403 for information.
Façade Rebate Program – Program suspended — DSDC funds and administers a façade improvement rebate match program to encourage renovation of the Downtown Development District’s older buildings. The program offers rehabilitation funds ranging from 5% to 25% of the total qualified facade improvement costs. Call (318) 222-7403 for information.
Develop Downtown Historic Restoration Grants are an opportunity made possible by a grant from The Community Foundation and the ongoing investment of the DSDC in the form of the successful Façade Rebate and Low Interest Loan Program. There is a limited amount of money available for Develop Downtown. The grant itself ends on December 31, 2014. All funds must be expended and work on projects completed by that date.
Historic Building Renovation Projects
Lee Hardware & United Jewelers – DSDC2, Inc. is the co-general partner with Historic Restoration, Inc. in the 109 unit Lee Hardware and United Jeweler apartment project. The buildings opened in 199 with 54 market-rate apartments and 55 below-market rate artist live/work units. Total project cost was $9.85 million. The City of Shreveport participated substantially with a HUD 108 loan.
Robinson Film Center – DSDC2, Inc. purchased and renovated a deteriorated property at 617-619 Texas Street. The DSDC2 investment of $350,000 was combined with $550,000 from DDA to stabilize and partially renovate the building. DSDC2 partnered with Robinson Film Center to provide a home for the Center. Robinson’s mission is to provide a venue for independent, international, and classic cinema while serving as a resource for film production and media education. In addition to daily film programming, film and media production classes are offered for all ages. The Center also provides a variety of resources and facilities to the region’s burgeoning film industry.
Liz Swaine – Executive Director
Janie Landry – Deputy Director
Stacie Leng – Bookkeeper / Graphic Design
E.D. Stewart – IT / Social Media / Executive Secretary
2018 DSDC & DSDC2 Board of Directors
Kevin Bryan – President
(Kevin Bryan Architects)
Larry Laborde – Vice President
(Silver Trading Company)
Greg Lott – Secretary
Conway Link – Treasurer
(LaSIP Site Coordinator, Centenary)
A Cantu, Jr.
(Home Federal Bank)
(Remington Suite Hotel & Spa)
(Caddo Management, Inc.)
James Van Hook
(Van Hook Law Office)
(GraphX Digital Service, LLC)