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Work being done to get rid of blighted properties on Simcoe Street

Posted: 6:47 PM, Jun 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-11 19:47:47-04

Work is underway to revitalize North Lafayette. If you drive down Simcoe Street, you’ll see work is underway to demolish some blighted property. 

"We will now see flat land surface that could be made available for re-development," Boudreaux said. 

It’s part of an effort to re-vitalize north Lafayette and make room for more businesses to the area. 

Workers sat Sid’s Radiator Service say it’s tim for change. 
 
"This area needs help because it’s slowly dying," Mona Guidry said. "Make people want to stay in this area. Instead of everyone moving out. We need people moving in and cleaning it up."

Boudreaux is working with land owners of those abandoned properties. So far only two buildings are being demolished, but Boudreaux says it’s a start. 

"In addition to that we have a lean urbanism consultant in town over the last year and half who’s assisting us in reviewing our code," Boudreaux said. "They’re reviewing things that have hindered re-development in those areas and how we can become more appealing to developers and people who want to invest in the private sector." 

No word yet on what the properties will be used for.