Land donated for LSU clinic

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Real estate developer and philanthropist Herbert Brown has donated more land for LSU's North Baton Rouge clinic development.

The 1.5-acre tract is next to the clinic and is bounded by McClelland Drive, Glen Oaks Drive, Laca Street and Maplewood Drive. It was recently appraised at about $135,000.

The Advocate reports Brown previously donated a former Kmart property on 5439 Airline Highway to LSU.

LSU built a new $18 million medical clinic on the front part of the lot. The clinic opened in 2009.

The donation was made in memory of his son, H. Graham Brown, who died at age 15.

"I try to do things in his memory and honor," said Brown, an Opelousas native who lives in Clearwater, Fla. "My wife, Diane, and I want to do all we can for humanity, for children and for schools. We're just trying to dedicate our lives to helping other people."

Brown, 89, is the former chairman of the Checkers restaurant chain and the developer of furniture stores, pharmacies and Kmarts throughout the Southeast.

"This generous donation will be used to help ensure continued, quality health care services for patients in the north Baton Rouge area," LSU President William Jenkins said.

LSU System director of facilities planning Danny Mahaffey said the land would most likely be used for future expansion and parking for clinic patients and administrative staff.

"The additional land will be critical to accommodating the large numbers of patients who will seek care at the clinic and the new urgent care center next door currently under construction," Mahaffey said.

Future construction plans for the property include a $3.6 million, 7,500-square-foot addition that will house a radiology suite.

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