Guest Speaker(s) / Panelists:
Setareh Mirian-Delcambre, Latter & Blum – Acadiana
Ryan Pécot, Stirling Properties
David Gleason, The Gleason Group Real Estate & Development Company
What can attendees expect during this panel discussion?
Attendees can expect updates on general commercial real estate trends in Lafayette. Panelists will also provide their perspectives on trends in the Downtown Lafayette commercial real estate market more specifically, as well as discuss what lies ahead for our city’s commercial business district.
2020 & 2021 Business Development and Growth
We’re encouraged by the level of investment downtown, despite the logistical challenges and uncertain economic conditions experienced in 2020. Our Downtown family grew during the pandemic with new businesses opening, existing businesses growing and expanding into storefronts, and businesses moving into the district from other parts of town. Those trends have continued in 2021 and we are excited to report 40 business wins in the past 18 months that are having a tremendous impact on the vibrancy of the Downtown.
As the civic center of Lafayette, Downtown is home to the Lafayette Parish Courthouse, Federal Courthouse, Le Centre International, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, City Hall, Rosa Parks Multimodal Transportation Center, and many private and non-profit organizations.
As the cultural center of the city, Downtown offers restaurants and bars, outdoor events and venue performances, local shops and businesses, galleries and public art works, public spaces and parks, cultural institutions, theaters, and museums.
Downtown has the largest concentration of parks in Lafayette, seven places of worship, three elementary and middle schools, and is in close proximity to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The district boasts a growing residential component and engages both residential and commercial stakeholders to revitalize and reinvigorate the area.
Today, Downtown’s trajectory couldn’t be more positive and exciting. The restaurant scene is stable, with a healthy number of new players emerging annually, layering on opportunities for the community to keep coming back downtown. There is also unique shopping; arts & cultural activities; plus a thriving entertainment scene that caters to multiple generations and is centered on live music.
Tickets are $20 per person, covering the cost of lunch. Limited seats available.
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