Jan 19, 2010 6:51 PM by Sarah Rosario
The ground breaking of the Rosa Park Transportation Center took place in Lafayette Tuesday. City-Parish President Joey Durel and City Parish Councilmembers met with shovels in hand to mark the fianl phase of construction. The project is something that has been in the works for more than 20 years. The new 41,000 square foot, two story building which will house a post office will be an addition to the Amtrack station. The existing sturcture formerly known as Postal Square will be demolished and site related parking will be constructed.
The Lafayette based Lemoine Company is the contractor for the $8.1 Million dollar project. Only four percent of the building is being built with local tax dollars. $1.5 Million is from stimulus funds and the rest is from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Lafayette Public Trust Finance Authority (LPTFA).
With a post office in house, the facility is meant to cater to the community. Lafayette Consolidated Government is consolidating all of their public forms of transportation and their administrative offices into one building. "We believe that it provides more efficiency. If you need anything regarding traffic and transportation you come to one place. Its a one stop shop more than anything else," said LCG Director of Traffic and Transportation Tony Tramel.
The Rosa Parks Transportation Center will also provide more jobs. Parish President Joey Durel says it will make downtown Lafayette boom. "It's another part of the whole revitilization effort for downtown Lafayette. Everytime we elevate downtown we elevate property values around here, we elevate our communities. So it's really a good thing for our community on many, many levels."
City officials say their goal is to have to have it complete within a year.