Changes coming to LessPay Motel and old Coca-Cola building


LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Plans to revitalize the dilapidated LessPay Motel near the Four Corners area of Lafayette is now in the works.

According to an article from The Current, a major real estate developer has moved to buy the old motel and the former Coca Cola building.

“I would like to see the Four Corner area beautiful, and now it’s coming to a reality,” said Patrick Lewis, Lafayette Council Member for District 3.

If you’re driving by the LessPay Motel, it’s been an eye sore of sorts for a while now… 

“When I heard that it was happening, I said finally, finally!” said Lewis.

Lewis has been hearing complaints about this building from constituents for years.

According to The Current,  the plan is to create a $15 million ‘artist loft’ development called, ‘Bottle Art Lofts,’ in the old buildings.

Councilman Lewis sayshe’s happy a private developer took over the plans instead of the city.

“That’s a big plus, do something with that. It’s historical, this is a historical area, and we can’t ask for anything better than at,” he said. 

The Current also says the development would include 40 units with a leasing preference for artists.

This is the kind of news Madonna Broussard, owner of the nearby Laura’s II restaurant has been waiting to hear for quite some time. 

“I think it would be great, if it’s going to be apartments, offices, anything but the eyesore it is now, it would be best for the revitalization that they’re trying to do,” said Broussard.

Lewis says he hasn’t met with the proposed developers yet, but plans to soon.
He wants to let his constituents know the details of the development.

“We need this area to be developed and once people see how wonderful it’s going to be developed, then the trend is going to continue going south and also going north. North and south, and also possibly east and west,” said Lewis.

The Mayor-President’s Office tells News 10 they haven’t seen the official information on potential redevelopment, but says that Mayor-President Joel Robideaux would be very excited to see development in that area. But of course, they still need to se what they exact proposals are. 

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