City-Parish Council Meeting - Federal Courthouse Site Redevelopment

Tuesday, November 20th | 5:30 PM
On Tuesday, November 20, the Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote to decide on the proposed sale of the old federal courthouse site on Jefferson Street. If the council votes in favor, the former courthouse building and two surrounding properties would be sold to a private entity for redevelopment and serve as a catalyst project for Downtown by providing residential options and stimulating future growth in and near the Downtown District.

Because this redevelopment project will be of great benefit to the Downtown District, we encourage you to attend the November 20 meeting and put a blue card in favor of a “yes” vote on the proposal. In the meantime, please take a minute to call or email District 3 Councilman Pat Lewis to let him know how important this redevelopment is to Downtown:

Office: 337-291-8803 

DDA Statement re: Old Federal Courthouse Redevelopment

The Downtown Development Authority fully supports of the redevelopment of the Old Federal Courthouse site. The proposal pending before this Council is consistent with both the objective of the DDA enabling statute and the mission of DDA, which is to foster, facilitate and enable the physical, economic and cultural vitality within the Downtown District.


In recent history, the DDA and LCG have secured multiple studies and opinions addressing the best path to develop our downtown to better ensure its viability going forward. Overwhelmingly, the answers include residential and retail development. The proposed development does just that.


Additionally, we support this development because:

  • The DDA has objective reason to believe that this development will operate as a significant development stimulus to attract further growth in and near the Downtown District.
  • Providing more Downtown residential options will also help attract the talented professionals we need to help our businesses thrive and our economy grow.
  • Putting this property back into commerce would have significant financial benefits for the City and the Parish by generating new property tax revenue, as well as saving the City annually on maintenance and liability costs.


For these reasons, we urge the Administration and City-Parish Council to work together to move this project forward.


Lafayette City-Parish Council Meeting
City Hall (705 W University Ave.)
Tuesday, November 20th | 5:30 PM


View the City-Parish Council Meeting Agenda for 11/20/2018.

View the ordinance for the sale of the courthouse site.

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