Central Business District
Enjoying the past with modern conveniences. The historic Lahr Hotel, built in 1831, was renovated and reopened as the Historic Lahr Apartments in 1998. Located in the 500 block between Main and Columbia Streets, it has been a landmark of Lafayette for many years. With extensive renovation, the Lahr and the adjacent Milwaukee block have been transformed into apartments providing downtown with 74 new apartments.
The Historic Fowler Hotel was built in 1915. This neoclassical building is now home to over 100 residents. Renovated into subsidized apartments, the Fowler offers affordable living in the downtown for qualified elderly individuals.
The Central Business District has options to cater to various tastes and needs of the market. Over 2500 people live within a 10-minute walk of downtown. An estimate of downtown employees is 3100. Downtown amenities also draw potential patrons to the area. There are 16 restaurants downtown. Parking availability is a plus with 700 street spaces, 14 city parking lots, and the centrally located garage.
A favorite attraction to downtown is the Farmers Market. It is a great way to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and baked goods. The market is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, May through October from 6:30AM to 12:30PM. The market is located on 5th Street, between Main and Columbia Streets.
In early October 1998, LUEA, along with the Community Development and Redevelopment Departments and Downtown Business Center, hosted a meeting for downtown residents. Topics such as parking, zoning, economic development, and the development of the resident association were discussed.
Although the association is in its infancy, they are taking steps to make improvements in their neighborhood. Three residents have been appointed by Lafayette Mayor Dave Heath to serve on a neighborhood steering committee; formed upon the completion of the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Plan.
For more information about the association, contact:
Allen Jacobsen - President
628 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901