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Local and state stakeholders celebrated the completion of the $32-million Bottle Art Lofts development, a project that Lafayette leaders hope will spur reinvestment in the city’s Four Corners neighborhood.
The 105-unit complex was built out of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant and on the lot that previously housed the LessPay Motel.
“We had so many people tell us that this was impossible,” Stephanie Cornay Dugan said Thursday. “It feels fantastic. It really is something that we are so proud of.”
Dugan and her husband Greg, along with a handful of community members, sold the bottling plant to developer HRI Communities, which navigated a complicated process to secure $13 million in state and federal funding for the project, plus a $1.5 million loan from the city of Lafayette.
“The opportunity to fix a bigger problem is exactly what attracted us to the Four Corners neighborhood,” HRI Communities President Josh Collen said at Thursday’s completion celebration.
TD Bank Group buying First Horizon, former IBERIABANK
TD Bank Group, the Canadian financial giant with more than 26 million U.S. customers, will soon be the owner of former IBERIABANK locations following the acquisition of First Horizon on Monday.
First Horizon, a Memphis-based banking group, bought IBERIABANK in 2020 and began the process of rebranding IBERIABANK locations as First Horizon, with signs going up across Acadiana in the last several weeks. As part of the merger, Acadiana lost the IBERIABANK headquarters as First Horizon set up its regional headquarters in New Orleans.
The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. TD is buying First Horizon for $13.4 billion, according to a release from the two banking groups.
KOK opening Baton Rouge location
KOK Wings and Things, an Acadiana chicken wing restaurant that quickly became one of the area’s most popular joints, announced that it would be adding a restaurant in Baton Rouge.
The restaurant, which has two locations in Lafayette and one in Franklin, made the announcement on Facebook in a National Signing Day-style video. In the video, the company’s leadership said adding a Baton Rouge location would allow them to “make the biggest impact in the community.”
Restaurant news:KOK Wings and Things adding Baton Rouge location
The Baton Rouge location will be in the Electric Depot, a growing commercial development in the downtown area.
Acadian Ambulance launching new delivery models
Acadian Ambulance is moving forward with two new delivery models for patients designed to help relieve some of the pressure on the health care system and provide efficient, low-cost care, the company said in a release.
The company has been working with federal and state officials, insurance companies and health care providers for several years to come up with alternative ways to care for patients when a hospital visit may not be needed.
The two models — called Treat in Place and Alternative Destination Transport — would give EMTs more options on how to help patients. For the Treat in Place model, paramedics can consult with a doctor via Telehealth to eliminate the need for a trip to the hospital.
Paramedics may use the Treat in Place system for things like COVID-19, asthma, nausea, vomiting, dehydration or diabetes-related illnesses.
The Alternative Destination Model would allow paramedics to take patients to an urgent care facility, a doctor’s office or a behavioral health facility instead of an emergency room, depending on what the patient needs.
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