The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved two ordinances Tuesday that authorize Consolidated Government to acquire private land for traffic-improvement projects.
Ordinance 233 authorizes LCG to acquire land at the intersection of Johnston Street and Doucet Road near the Grand Theater for the purpose of widening Doucet Road where it crosses Johnston Street. Ordinance 220 authorizes the acquisition of land at the northwest corner of the Hugh Wallis/Kaliste Saloom intersection. There is currently a merge lane from southbound Hugh Wallis to westbound Kaliste Saloom, but the land is otherwise undeveloped. The projects will include adding turning lanes and widening the roadways.
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.
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.