Walter Pierce

Redevelopment of old courthouse property could move forward Tuesday

by Walter Pierce

Plans to redevelop the property on the 700 block of Jefferson Street currently occupied by the old federal courthouse are likely to move forward at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lafayette City-Parish Council.

The CPC will vote on an ordinance for final adoption authorizing City-Parish President Joey Durel to allow site inspections by the state Department of Environmental Quality as well as transfering the property’s title to the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, which will oversee transforming the site into a mixed-use development.

As the INDsider reported in August, preliminary plans for the site begin with razing the brick courthouse building, which Lafayette Consolidated Government purchased from the feds in 2001 for $800,000, and redeveloping the site to include commercial and residential use. The Advocate reported in September that the offices of the city prosecutor — the last remaining in the building — should be vacated by year’s end.