The Governor speaks at the grand opening of Bottle Art Lofts

LAFAYETTE, La — Governor Edwards cut the ribbon for the new Bottle Art Lofts at Four Corners on Thursday.

The project is seen as a first step in revitalizing the area and city, parish and state leaders have expressed excitement over the more than $32 million project bringing 105 new units to Acadiana.

“That’s exactly what we need more or less across the state of Louisiana,” Governor Edwards said.

Other officials agreed.

“This corner now offers hope for a return to a thriving, vibrant and safe place for those who live off the job and travel,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory.

“Today we rejoice because we have come together – this project is in the right neighborhood of Lafayette,” Louisiana Sen. Gerald Boudreaux said. “It’s easy to put them where you already have progress, but when you commit to coming to an under-depleted area where people are asking for help and you achieve that, that’s what it’s all about. is.”

However, some members of the Four Corners community tell me they fear this is the start of gentrification of the place they call home.

Artist and poet Barry Sons respectfully disagrees. He moved into his loft in December.

“I don’t think they’re there to kick people out, I mean I don’t have that feeling, they’re so inclusive with everyone,” Sons said. “It’s like coming home to your mum honestly I don’t think they should be worried about that – I understand why they’re worried but I don’t think it’s just going to help their property value to increase.”

Senator Boudreaux echoed that, saying this is a significant investment in his district, District 24.

“When a community goes through distress, when it goes through companies that pull out individuals who pull out and decide they don’t want to live in that area, that area needs to be re-shocked, it needs to be revitalized and this project does It brings the community together and shows investment at all levels – state level, local level.”

As the groundbreaking took place on Thursday, the developers told KATC that the construction project would be fully completed by the end of March.

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