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Housing with an artistic flair

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A historical landmark in downtown Lafayette is about to get a major renovation in an attempt to attract more artists to the area.

The old Lafayette Warehouse Grocery Company located on Oliver Street will soon be full of life once again but this time it will be known as the Studios at LWG. The 15-unit apartment complex will be available to working artists only and include a front-end gallery for residents to show off their work. The structure of the building will not change and is just one of many projects planned for the downtown area.

Rebekke Miller with the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (LPTFA) says the LPTFA is very interested in reinitializing the downtown area. The LPTFA owns the old warehouse along with others in that area. Miller says the LPTFA is committed to promoting the downtown area and reinitializing that entire neighborhood around the Studios.

Artist of all types must submit proof they are progressively working in the artistic community to be considered for residency. Miller says this is one way to attract more artists to the area which in turn will preserve and ensure Lafayette's diverse population.

Construction is expected to begin next week and last about one year. As of June 11, the LPTFA is not taking applications for residency.

If you would like to learn more about when they are along with a timeline of the project and other information you can go to lptfa.org

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