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Baton Rouge Brownfields Program

Commerce Building Clean-up Strategy and
Analysis of Brownfields Clean-Up Alternatives

Conceptual Clean-Up Strategy and Analysis of
Brownfields Clean-Up Alternatives Report
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The CPPC is assisting with the process of planning and preparing for the restoration and redevelopment of the Commerce Building, located at 333 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As such, certain building systems and components will need to be replaced or restored in order to bring the Commerce Building structure and building systems up to a functional standard meeting current building and environmental codes and regulations. The environmental concerns to be remediated include Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs), Lead-Based Paint (LBP), Hazardous Components, Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs), and Mold/Microbial Growth.

The Conceptual Clean-Up Strategy and Analysis of Brownfields Clean-Up Alternatives This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from for the Commerce Building is available to the public for review at the link above. A Community Relations Plan, as well as the following reports that have been completed to date, are available for review at the CPPC Resource Center:

Arcadis, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Dean Commerce Building (Dean Commerce Building, LLC), November 17, 2011.

Aerostar SES LLC, Final Asbestos Containing Materials Survey, Lead-Based Paint Survey, Hazardous Component Inventory, Visual Mold Inspection and AST/UST Survey, BR-185 Commerce Building, April 30, 2013.

Members of the community may email any comments on this brownfields remediation project to or submit them in writing to the Office of the Planning Commission.

Background Information | Is My Site Eligible?
 Include my site in the Brownfields Program
Current Incentives | Get Involved? | Links

Background Information

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines brownfields, as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The concept of the Baton Rouge Brownfields Program began in 1992 with the adoption of the Horizon Plan, the City Parish comprehensive plan. In October 2000, the City Parish was awarded a $200,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot Grant. Since this initial funding, the Baton Rouge Brownfields Program has acquired over $500,000 in grant funding for the redevelopment of eligible sites in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The goal of the Baton Rouge Brownfields Program is to foster the redevelopment of brownfields in Baton Rouge, thereby generating a positive force for the redevelopment abandoned commercial and industrial properties.

Is My Site Eligible?

This site is in the Brownfields ProgramA site is eligible if it is located within East Baton Rouge Parish, if the property is abandoned or underutilized, and has real or perceived environmental contamination. Perception of even a minor environmental issue is generally sufficient.

Why Would I Want My Site Included In The Brownfields Program?

Funding is available to pay for environmental assessments, risk assessments, preparation for clean-ups and redevelopment planning.

Potential access to municipal incentives for development.

Potential access to assistance with development permitting and approvals.

Promote the reuse of idle land.

Current Incentives

Eligible sites will receive waivers of most planning and zoning fees.

Eligible sites will receive special tax incentives only available for brownfields.

Eligible sites will receive a letter that may be used to satisfy lender or investment concerns.

Eligible sites will receive special discounts from Baton Rouge Green for landscaping.

More incentives are being created every day, please call the City Parish Planning Commission for a current list of incentives.

How Can I Get Involved?

Enter your site into the Brownfields Program by simply contacting the Planning Commission for consideration by phone (225) 389-3144 or by email at

Nominate a site in your community as a potential site Brownfields redevelopment.

Consider sites for purchase that are identified as potential candidates for redevelopment. Contact the Planning Commission for sites that may meet your needs.

Contact Baton Rouge Brownfields for assistance with potential development incentives and/or assistance for your site that is in the process of being developed.

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