The Patterson Funeral Home is under new ownership. A good portion of the building burned down Aug. 15, 2012. Now, the new owner, Rosalind Patterson Nelson, plans to turn it back into a funeral home.
Patterson Nelson said she bought the building in July at an auction. She plans to tear down the chapel portion, rebuild, and then turn the entire facility into "a funeral home the Cherokee Park neighborhood can be proud of." She said she has to straighten a few things out with the city, before she can start construction. She hopes to get started on the property within the next year.
According to Shreveport's Property Standards Division, the building was supposed to be rehabilitated back in November of 2013. But, since it changed ownership, it sent a demolition order to Patterson. Upon her receiving the order, she has to rehab or demolish the building in 10 days, or make an appeal to the Shreveport City Council. The order was sent through certified mail and Dorothy Farnell with Property Standards said she hasn't received notice that Patterson has received the order. Once, does not believe Patterson has received the order yet. Patterson said she plans to appeal the demolition order.
She plans to share her plans for the building Friday, on the second year anniversary of the fire.
The Shreveport Fire Department is still investigating the fire. According to Assistant to the Chief Fred Sanders, investigators have collected all the evidence they need. So far, no arrests have been made.