News Release

Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team Seeking Public Input
Posted: 3/16/2018 10:00 AM

​After more than two years of community outreach, research and planning, the draft action plan for redeveloping neighborhoods along the Evangeline Thruway Corridor will be shared in public meetings led by the Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team (ETRT).

Representatives from Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Evangeline Corridor Initiative (ECI) professional consulting team and the ETRT will be on hand to answer questions at two Open House events:
Wednesday, March 21 ∙ 4 – 7 pm
Clifton Chenier Center
220 West Willow Street
Thursday, March 22 ∙ 4 – 7 pm
Vermilion Conference Center
326 Gauthier Road
ETRT Chairwoman Skyra Rideaux said the Draft Report/Action Plan, prepared by the ECI consulting team, represents an extensive amount of community outreach and engagement. The document includes design concepts for neighborhood revitalization projects, as well as steps for funding and implementation.
“This plan identifies more than 40 Catalyst Projects, which are designed to drive investment from both the public and private sectors, and build momentum for intentional reinvestment in our urban core and oldest neighborhoods,” said Rideaux.
The ECI Draft Report/Action Plan addresses the future I-49 Connector and recommends approaches to revitalize and redevelop the Corridor. Interested citizens are encouraged to review the report and share their input prior to its adoption by the ETRT and endorsement by the Planning Commission and Lafayette City-Parish Council.
Because it incorporates efforts initiated by neighborhood coteries and community groups, the draft report includes some projects that are already underway in various stages of implementation.
"These open house events are a final opportunity for the community to view the draft plan, provide input and to advocate for this effort alongside ETRT members. The ETRT will continue to remain engaged to ensure the success of the overall project,” Rideaux added.
The ECI Draft Report/Action Plan will be available online and in print at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center at 101 Jefferson Blvd. Public comments on the report are due Thursday, March 29, 2018 at noon.
For more information contact Neil LeBouef at or 337-291-7196.