Dec. 15, 2016 02:23 PM

Downtown Lafayette
Unlikely to happen anytime soon due to the economy, a redeveloped Congress Street corridor in Downtown Lafayette is nonetheless the subject of a series of photo-realistic renderings released Thursday in partnership with the Realtor Association of Acadiana.

We stitched them together in a video and dropped in a little music (see below).

According to Downtown Lafayette:

This visualization project is the latest step in the ongoing Congress Street Corridor Study, which has been in the works since 2013 when plans to build stronger connections to surrounding neighborhoods and revitalize the corridor were first suggested to become part of the Downtown Action Plan and PlanLafayette. The Lafayette City-Parish Council later adopted those plans in 2014.

“The recent restriping of the Congress Street Corridor gives the area a more pedestrian-friendly character that reduces noise and traffic speed, increases safety, provides additional on-street parking, and ultimately sets the stage for redevelopment. The timing was perfect for the creation of these photo-realistic illustrations that show how new businesses and residences can take advantage of the restriping project,” said Downtown Lafayette CEO, Nathan Norris.

The Realtor Association of Acadiana received funding for the project from a Smart Growth Action Grant from the National Association of Realtors.

“We are excited to be part of our community’s effort to make it easier for developers to envision how they can take advantage of both the residential and commercial redevelopment opportunities along Congress Street,” said Susan Holliday, CEO, Realtor Association of Acadiana.

The five visualizations were created by Steve Price with Urban Advantage, a national leader in illustrating urban possibilities using photo-realistic computer imaging.