The Monterrey Drive project was completed as part of the corporate agreement between the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (LDEQ’s) Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) program and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6’s Brownfield and Land Revitalization Program.

Leaaf was contracted to conduct TBAs at Brownfields sites statewide for the LDEQ as part of the aforementioned agreement, with this project being completed under the Baton Rouge Brownfields Program.

Leaaf completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on the commercial strip mall in East Baton Rouge Parish on Monterrey Drive.  The assessment revealed no RECs, Historical RECs (HRECs), controlled RECs (CRECs), Vapor Encroachment Conditions (VECs), de minimis conditions, or significant data gaps in connection with the property or surrounding area.

Redevelopment:  The property has 11 spaces for rent, of which four are occupied.  Major renovations are needed to the existing spaces as well as extensive rodent excrement removal.  The property has been partially blighted for decades, attracting homeless and loiters.  One of the objectives is to bring economic resources to the area, keep up home values, and esthetically add to the surrounding area.