The Independent Weekly will honor local professionals for excellence in architecture, landscape and interior design at a luncheon on Thursday, May 19, at The City Club at 11:45 a.m. The program will also offer an in-depth report on preparations for the first-ever comprehensive land use plan for Lafayette Parish, which will soon commence.
After a process recognized for its transparency and inclusiveness, the respected national firm Wallace, Roberts and Todd was selected to develop the local plan and the contract is now being finalized. WRT senior associate Silvia Vargas will serve as this year’s speaker to explain all phases of the process, from community input, which will be coordinated by local partner Sides and Associates, through implementation. Kathy Ashworth will join Vargas on the program.
INDesign Award winners, which include designers of residential and commercial projects as well as historic preservation and urban design, were announced in a feature story in The Ind on April 20. Tickets are $40 and seating is limited. For information, contact Robin Hebert via email at
or by phone: 769-8603.
The luncheon is part of The Independent Weekly Lecture Series, which is underwritten by IberiaBank. This event is sponsored by River Ranch Development Corporation and Sugar Mill Pond Development Corporation.
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.