Sep 5, 2013 7:34 PM by Akeam Ashford

New Department Pushes Downtown Development

Downtown Lafayette is pushing new services to make it easier for business owners and developers to do business downtown.

At a meeting today, the group unveiled the new development & design center, an office which will help business owners get design ideas, free of charge.

Mia Sandberg owns Root Floral Design, a business that's been in bloom for a year. Sandberg says occupying and older building has its challenges.

"These older spaces become a little challenging at times," says Sandberg. "There's no back door, or the parking; so I'm hoping that will get better."

That's where the development and design center comes in, providing conceptual design ideas and services to business owners.

It's the vision of new Downtown Lafayette CEO Nathan Norris.

"What we want to be able to do is get them over the hurdle, and show them how they can make money," says Norris. "Then they can go and hire the professional to get their development done."

The group has hired Geoff Dyer as director of design to help businesses, like Root, make the changes they need to stay rooted downtown.



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