ABiz Acadiana Business – December 29. 2010 by Leslie Turk
Ongoing Streetscape projects, the $10 million Rosa Parks Transportation Center opening, Trynd, Athena, Refinery barberspa, Americas Coffee House, Buchanan Lofts (the former warehouse space above the old Abdalla’s building that is now fully furnished residential units offering overnight stays to long-term leasing options) — all were significant downtown developments in 2010. In the years to come, the re-purposing of the 20,000-square-foot Jefferson Street Market, especially its potential to mix a unique residential component with commercial use, will further enhance Lafayette’s eclectic downtown landscape (its new owners have yet to settle on a plan, as the building is temporarily housing the library). But the biggest deal of the year was, without a doubt, completion of the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ world-class theater, the culmination of a $20 million investment in downtown’s vibrant arts scene.