Feb 11, 2014 3:25 PM by Dave Fields
Lafayette Consolidated Government's PlanLafayette revealed its second "Big Idea" during a luncheon Tuesday at the City Club.
Big Idea number two is to "revitalize neighborhoods" using a four-pronged approach.
Officials explained that an objective of the draft plan is to create healthy living environments.
A preview of some of the key action items includes strengthening gateways to the city of Lafayette, improving community-wide health through education, investing in the public realm, creating a redevelopment authority to address blight and adjudicated properties, and designing the I-49 Connector to improve accessibility and neighborhood protection.
The luncheon was sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, which brought in Walter Monsour, President & CEO of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, to speak on the progress that Baton Rouge has made in addressing neighborhoods in the core of their city.
"Bringing in an expert like Walter Monsour will help drive the community conversation about what our older neighborhoods can bring to our business community and to our way of life. Lafayette is a wonderful community to do business in, but if we don't start to talk about what disinvestment, both public and private, can do to the heart of the city, then we have the potential to squander some of our greatest opportunities," said Jason El Koubi, President/CEO of Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
"I look forward the Chamber's participation in PlanLafayette week, and believe that Walter's visit will help bring important elements of the comprehensive plan into focus for all of us," Koubi added.