Johnston Street Smart: Reed Andrus' compromise plan
After decades of wishful thinking and years of serious debate that
followed the introduction of the Johnston Street Redevelopment
Initiative, a viable compromise is emerging to achieve critical
aesthetic and functional improvements on the city’s main commercial
It comes from the private sector, and details are available
on a Web site that went live March 24. It’s
a solution that appears to work because it delivers most of the
aesthetic improvements the community would like to see with minimal
disruption of business. Its author, commercial real estate developer
Reed Andrus, says it could be completed in as little as five years and
perhaps cost one-third the original plan. City-Parish President Joey
Durel says he’s seen it and is poised to endorse it.
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.