Lafayette, La. - Lafayette's Four Corners is the site of a new development project aimed at rejuvenating the neighborhood of Lafayette while also giving artists a unique living experience.
"Usually when you do a project like this, artists will come into a neighborhood and make it cool and hip and what do they get in return? They get priced out, their rents go up," said Josh Collen, president of HRI Communities.
The Bottle Art Lofts is a new development project by HRI Communities that not only caters to artists in Lafayette but also empowers them to ensure the space reflects the artistic culture of the city. "That will help us make sure that the gallery space that’s in art lofts is going to be populated by residents of our property that are artists but also by local artists," Collen said.
The lofts are being developed on the corner of North University and Cameron Street, which Collen says he hopes will re-establish the Four Corners area as a thriving asset in the region.
"It’ll benefit this very important intersection and people will be able to come and see the art that’s at the bottle art lofts. There will be monthly events and other things with the opening of that gallery," he said.
The lofts will also feature common spaces for artists to create according to Collen. "Our common studio workspace to support artists. We have a computer lab that will have two different computers loaded with different types of software."
Collen hopes the bottle art lofts brings an extra bit of uniqueness to a city that thrives on extraordinary art. "We wanted to have a deep meaningful impact on artists and other folks that live there."
For more information on the Bottle Art Lofts you can visit their website.