UL Master Plan eyes new hotel and housing opportunities near Cajundome

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Excitement is brewing over an old master plan that’s recently come back into light.
Created by the University of Louisiana, the plan could include more housing, a hotel, and businesses around the Cajundome.
 
“The University Common Project could be a game changer for tourism in our area,” said Ben Berthelot with the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.
 
The plans were finalized by the University of Louisiana system all the way back in 2012.
It includes mixed-used areas around the Cajundome that will contain parking, businesses and living spaces.
 
“And then it looked at alternative development patterns for property acquisitions that could occur, and should occur in the next 5 to 7 years,” said Steve Oubre of Architects Southwest.
 
The University is trying to better connect the main campus and satellite campus around the Cajundome.
The plan could include more than 600 housing units, a hotel, parks and businesses within walking distance of a new Research Village.
 
“So we looked at what viability housing would have, what viability would commercial have, and we found that there was significant depth in both of those avenues. Not to mention a Performing Arts Center, and of course the expansion of the Convention Center,” said Oubre.
 
The full service hotel and the expansion of the Cajundome Convention Center has Berthlot excited, as this has been his number one priority for him for quite some time now.
 
It will also allow conventions that come to the Hub City, to make sure all their attendees are under one roof.
“Ultimately it’s going to be up to the University to make it happen. I know it’s on their list they’re excited about it, so it can’t happen soon enough for our standpoint, but I know it’s going to be a multi-year project,” said Berthelot.
 
No word on what the remaining projects set to be completed could cost, or when construction could begin.
 
 

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