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Committee to determine best use for Lafayette historic building

Committee to determine best use for Lafayette historic building
The Evangeline Hotel (Advocate Staff Photo by Leslie Westbrook)
Posted at 11:41 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 12:54:58-04

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Lafayette Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (LNEDC) has formed a real estate advisory committee and recently met with local business and economic development leaders to explore long-term utilization options for the historic Evangeline Hotel on Jefferson.

The property was donated to LNEDC in 1994 and currently serves as a senior living community that participates in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), LowIncome Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

"There is a lot going on downtown," stated Russell Castille, Evangeline Board Chair. "LNEDC is exploring how we fit into the exciting progress happening around us. The Evangeline is home to many long-term residents that will remain our first priority as we consider all of our options."

Built in 1928, the Evangeline Hotel served as a place for travelers and prominent social gatherings. The hotel's landmark status is enhanced by the fact that it listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only two historic buildings in the downtown district that is more than two stories high.

LNEDC is a non-profit community-based organization established to help improve the economic wellbeing of Lafayette Parish. It offers financial assistance to new and expanding businesses to increase job opportunities and small business growth in distressed neighborhoods.

For more information about The Evangeline Hotel, visit www.evangelinehotel.com.