LEDA President Gregg Gothreaux, Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator and several members of the LEDA board attended the School Board’s regular meeting yesterday to suggest the school system, LEDA and the city sign a preliminary agreement to work together.
Based on a study done in recent years by UL-Lafayette, Gothreaux laid out a proposal to make use of 640 acres of Lafayette’s Section 16 land near Youngsville lying along the route of the planned Chemin Metarie Parkway extension. Such tracts of land are set aside by the federal government in every county and parish in the nation for the use of school systems, with use or sale controlled by specific guidelines.
Gothreaux said LEDA envisions using land owned by the school system to develop a mixed use of community of homes, retail and commercial businesses and some light industry. Central to the proposal would be the building of a business park, with some of the land being used to build new schools.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.