The approximately 12-acres site was industrially developed in the early 1950s as an expansion to a portion of the original John-Manville Facility, a facility that manufactured products containing asbestos for use in roofing, flooring, and piping.
We are grateful to be a part of the redevelopment of the old Dew Drop Inn, a hotel and nightclub on LaSalle Street, from the 1940s to 1970s. Some of the famous artists that performed at the venue included Little Richard, Ray Charles, James Brown, and Ike & Tina Turner. Plans are for the Inn to be renovated as a boutique hotel and rock 'n roll museum.
The historic four-story Lincoln Hotel was opened in 1955. It was initially created as a place for African Americans to stay when they were almost always turned away from white-owned establishments. Legendary musicians from all across the world have stayed and performed, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, BB King, Duke Ellington and more! The property has been vacant since the 1980s and will finally be restored.
The New Life Center site is part of the downtown Revitalization Plan being developed with the City of Opelousas, the Acadiana Planning Commission (APC), and the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) and a target property fro a Local Foods, Local Places grant.
Leaaf Environmental, LLC (Leaaf)'s Indoor Air Quality Team provided environmental consulting services for multiple buildings on this school campus in response to damage caused by Hurricane Ida.