Following the recent completion of asbestos removal work, SporTran has begun the first phase of its demolition and rehabilitation plans for the Sun Furniture building at 1253 Texas Avenue in Shreveport.
In 2018, SporTran acquired the Sun Furniture building to serve as the SporTran Resource Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed progress on the project, which resumed in 2021. The completed SRC will include a transit shopping center, employee wellness center, safety training center, playground public catering, etc.
Phase 1 (expected duration early 2023):
SporTran secured funds to refurbish the historic Sun Furniture sign. The
The sign will be removed during this process and reinstalled when complete.
Construction of the commercial food court.
The original storefront and windows will be rehabilitated.
Phase two (from 2023):
Building a safety training innovation center shared with others
transportation systems. Will include a state-of-the-art driver training simulator.
Construction of the Regional Transit Technology Center. Will enable SporTran leadership
and staff to monitor bus/vehicle movement and mechanical needs in real time,
improve efficiency and function.
“The Sun Furniture project will have a huge impact on the economy and viability of an underserved downtown area,” said Dinero’ Washington, CEO of SporTran. “We combine cutting-edge technology with the considered and thoughtful preservation of a Shreveport landmark to create avenues for investment in our community. This will improve our service and greatly benefit our passengers.