Project Description

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Contract: Leaaf was recently contracted to conduct Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBA) for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).  The goal is to facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfields sites throughout the state to encourage their reuse for economic development and/or community benefit.  Leaaf services include the planning and performing of site investigations, consultations, development of remediation options, and additional environmental services for Brownfields sites as requested by local governmental or nonprofit entities or through LDEQs Brownfields Program.

New Life Center:  Opelousas, Louisiana
Leaaf prepared a combined Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP), Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), and Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan (HASP) for soil and groundwater assessment, as well as asbestos, lead-based paint (LBP), and mold assessment to support renovation and redevelopment of the New Life Center site in Opelousas.  A Work Order was approved to implement the approved SAP/QAPP and a draft Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has been submitted to the LDEQ Team Leader for review.

St. Luc French Immersion and Cultural Campus: Arnaudville, Louisiana
Leaaf prepared an Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) to identify and evaluate cleanup options and support renovation and redevelopment of the site.  In addition, Leaaf prepared a QAPP and a Clean-Up Plan to address asbestos, lead-based paint (LBP), polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), and hazardous materials based on the preferred cleanup options.  The former St. Luke Hospital site is proposed to be redeveloped as the Saint Luc French Immersion and Cultural Campus.

Plank Food Hub: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Leaaf conducted a Phase I ESA at the BR 203 Plank Food Hub in Baton Rouge.  Former uses of the property include a service filling station, general merchandise company, liquor store, café, pharmacy, and post office substation.  The site is planned to be redeveloped as a Food Incubator to provide small culinary businesses with rentable commercial kitchen space, technical assistance, and business training.

Plank Grocery Store: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Leaaf conducted a Phase I ESA at the BR 204 Plank Grocery Store in Baton Rouge.  Former uses of the property include a bank.  The site is planned to be redeveloped into a mixed-use development anchored by a grocery store and including mixed-income residential units.  This development is part of Build Baton Rouge’s Imagine Plank Road Plan for Equitable Development.