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    Lafayette

    Lafayette Economy Leads Nation in Growth Fueled by a booming oil and gas industry, Lafayette's economy grew faster than any other mid-sized city in the country in 2006, according to figures released Thursday by the federal government.
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    Lafayette

    Here's a picture from the Lafayette Downtown newsletter:
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    Lafayette

    New Towers Planned for Downtown Lafayette Southwest Contractors is one of the largest property owners in downtown. In addition to 625 Jefferson, the business also owns the old Dixie Office Supply building at 201 West Vermilion St., the Bell building on Buchanan, and the old Lafayette Motors site
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    Lafayette

    Here's hoping both cities can implement TNDs to their full extent. Hopefully the slowdown in the national economy won't hinder these developments. I know in Lafayette it seems that home construction has slowed somewhat as of late, although it was at a pace that could not have been sustained. I think Louisiana in general will be immune to the slowdown in the short term because of the federal investment in our state and the population growth in our southern cities (including the repopulation of New Orleans!). As for TNDs, I think they have shown that people like to live in self-contained neighborhoods where they can work, shop, eat, etc.. I would like to see a bigger emphasis on bringing residential to our current commercial and business centers (downtown, the Oil Center) because I think the demand is there. Someone just has to take a chance.
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    Lafayette

    Groundbreaking http://www.theind.com/cover2.asp?CID=44378940 It
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    Lafayette

    Toll Loop Plan Considered Ambitious Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission Chairman Mickey Mangham hopes a regional toll road will be under construction by 2011. But City Planner Mike Hollier said it would be nearly impossible to make that much progress in so short a time "That is ... a nano-second in government time," Hollier told a meeting of several Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization committees Mon-day. "Even if there was a billion dollars ... it would be a major accomplishment to have this under construction by 2020." The project isn't on the parish's long- or short-range plans, including the 2035 transportation plan that will be presented to the state, and is not funded, he said. A certain amount of delay is understandable, but "there's no reason this project can't be built in this time frame," Mangham answered. "The biggest hang-up in my opinion is the money." Gotta love the vision of city-planners. 'We can't possibly get this done until 2035-2040.' If I was mayor, I'd fire everyone with that kind of attitude. I-49 in Lafayette was supposed to begin next year, but I haven't heard anything about that lately. All of these people with their "realistic" attitudes are setting us back decades. There are towns all over the country who get things done and address their transportation needs. It can be done, but the attitude that we'll have to wait 30 years is really self-defeating.
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    Lafayette

    Lafayette got some pretty good news in today's Advocate: Lafayette is 24th
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    Lafayette

    Census count may be off, population study suggests At least 27,000 more people could be living in Lafayette Parish than the U.S. Census Bureau's latest estimate of 203,091 - possibly more.
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    Lafayette

    Are you referring to the 400 home golf-course subdivision? I think it's back on after being sidelined over a dispute as to who would have to build certain roads and implement drainage. If I'm not mistaken a compromise has been worked out. As for River Ranch, all I can say is 'wow'. Every time I drive down Camellia Blvd. they have a new building going up. I wonder about the quality of the construction over there, but I guess it's the same everywhere nowadays. It's a sight to see, not unlike Perkins Rowe, the progress of which I find to be similar to River Ranch although the developments aren't exactly alike. Things are blowing and going.
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    Lafayette

    The work you saw on Verot was probably where Camellia Blvd. is going to be extended. In the short term, I can't help but think this will further clog Verot School Rd., with a new major arterial essentially terminating at Verot. Hopefully the widening won't be far off. Also in the news is that the Ambassador Caffery extension from Verot School Rd. to Hwy. 90 is going ahead. This will be great, as the main routes for many getting from Broussard and Youngsville into Lafayette are La Neuville and Fortune Rd., both two lanes. This new Boulevard will hopefully alleviate a lot of the traffic in that area without further clogging the current Ambassador roadway. There was also a story on the proposed toll loop getting shafted on funding. Hopefully the Legislature will throw us a bone on that one before it's all said and done. They are available at Acadiananow.com.
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    Lafayette

    The new courthouse is on hold. The people of Lafayette voted it down, largely because there is a wierd attitude that we're overtaxed and the city government is awash with funds, which they are squandering. Lafayette's sales tax (an increase in the sales tax was going to pay for a huge roads initiative and the new courthouse) is below average for Louisiana cities, but the people decided they didn't want to pay. Verot will be widened, but don't hold your breath. We need a new courthouse in a bad way, but most people don't realize it. I can't tell you how many times I heard, "Why should I pay for a new courthouse, I haven't been there in ten years?" Where did you read that the I-49 Connector would start soon? I've been eagerly awaiting this getting underway, but haven't read anything about it in a long time except for piecemeal funding here and there.
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    Lafayette

    I think the I-49 corridor between Lafayette and New Orleans comes after the Shreveport to Arkansas segment. I know they have meetings regularly to discuss and plan the Lafayette connector. I remember reading a long time back that construction would begin in 2008, which probably means something more like 2012.
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    Lafayette

    A mid-rise condo on the Vermillion would be nice, but I really don't think there's much of a condo market in Lafayette. Some very nice and very promising condo developments haven't gotten off the ground yet, except in River Ranch. Lafayette Seems content to keep expanding outward, with no regard for the problems of urban sprawl. It's sad really, because the problems caused by sprawl are quite evident an hour east on I-10, yet no one really seems to care. Much of Baton Rouge is beautiful, but we don't need the traffic headaches they have there. Lafayette should really work to employ smart growth now, before we double in size as projected (when it will be too late). As for Lafayette's roads, Durel proposed a tax to fund road improvements but the parish has a profound dislike and distrust of the council, and of taxes, so they voted it down. I found that to be ridiculous considering the horrible state of our roads both congestion-wise and just in their physical condition. Without a tax increase, we'll be stuck making improvements one-by-one, at a rate I'm sure will be much slower than the demand for new roads as the city grows. Also, I will add that Lafayette was named as one of the 10 best cities for the "creative class" in the south, with other cities such as Austin, TX and Atlanta, GA on the list (Lafayette was the smallest city on the list), it says a lot about the culture in our city. I posted a link, but apparently violated the policy of this site so if you want to read about it google it.
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    Lafayette

    Developments Downtown The Juliet The Juliet, a boutique hotel is currently under construction at the corner of Jefferson and Lee Avenue. An adaptive re-use of the existing building at that location (historically known in Lafayette as the former La Parisienne Store), the facility will include 20 rooms on the second floor with a commercial retail ground floor. Renovations are anticipated to be completed in the next few months with an opening by year-end 2006. Hilton Homewood Suites and the Pinnacle Condominiums Representing a major new infill construction, this commercial-residential mixed use project is being planned for a site located on Lafayette Street adjacent to the federal courthouse and across from the Parish library. The facility will be an 8-story building with an active ground floor ancillary to the hotel, 6 floors of rooms and suites, and 2 floors of residential condos. The hotel component will be an upscale Hilton Homewood Suites. The condo component is presented as The Pinnacle. LTPB, LLC is the development group for the project. At this time, plans are complete, site has been cleared and marketing of the Pinnacle Condos is underway, with a construction launch possible before year-end 2006. Parkview Tower Plans are currently being developed for a residential condominium project in the 500 block of Jefferson Street, adjacent to the Parc de Lafayette. Another infill, new construction of mixed uses, the project is proposed to include a commercial ground floor food-oriented/retail uses with 5 floors of residential one and two-bedroom units above. CDT, Cecil D. Trahan, is the owner/developer of the project which is currently in the planning and marketing phase of Parkview Tower. St. John Street Development Walls Properties L.L.C. is in the programming stages of a Mixed use Development on the corner of St. John and Convent Streets which includes 10-15 individual Loft-Style living areas for sale, 3-6 Loft-Style living areas for rent, +/- 3000 S.F. building shell 1st floor for lease and +/- 3000 S.F. building shell 2nd floor for lease for commercial use. Design development is scheduled for October 2006. Construction is tentatively scheduled for winter 2007-Spring 2008. The Parkview Tower has already been mentioned, as has the Hilton Homewood Suites (although it is now three stories taller than before.) We'll see what the St. John Street development looks like soon.
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