HUD - Bottle Art Lofts: Preserving the Past and Adapting to the Future in Lafayette, Louisiana
25 Jul 2022
Significant floods impacted southern Louisiana in 2016, prompting efforts from federal, state, and local governments aimed at both recovering from the floods and ensuring resiliency against future disasters. In the city of Lafayette, one affordable housing project, Bottle Art Lofts, combines emerging best practices in flood-resistant building with neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation to create 105 units of housing in a former Coca-Cola Company bottling plant. Developer HRI Communities completed the project over two phases with a total development budget of approximately $32 million. Through a leasing preference for tenants working in the arts or other creative fields, Bottle Art Lofts is helping support local culture in Lafayette.