Operations Specialist Bill Shaw, CPD Director Fritz Poffenberger, and Senior CPD Rep. Eleanor Granger-White participated in National Community Development Week activities in Lafayette on April 10, 2007. National Community Development Week is a program of the National Community Development Association. NCDA is an organization of over 550 local governments that administer federal community and economic development grants.
Mayor Roswarski, city staff and others built a wheelchair ramp on a modest home owned by a senior couple
The day started with a lunch where a panel of seven social service agencies discussed activities funded by CDBG and the impact they have on individuals and the community. The discussion was held in the historic Lafayette Theater that had been renovated with assistance from CDBG funds. Mayor Tony Roswarski hosted the session.
Following the discussion we went across the street to where an historic building had been rehabilitated with some assistance from CDBG. The property in downtown Lafayette had been vacant over 20 years, when a local developer purchased the property. He developed the first floor as commercial space, renting it to a photography studio. The top floors were converted into eight condominiums that have all been sold.
Restored Cracker factory
After the tour of the beautifully restored Cracker Factory, many participated in a participatory home rehabilitation activity overseen by the Tippecanoe County Council on Aging, Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program. HUD staff, Mayor Roswarski, city staff and others built a wheelchair ramp on a modest home owned by a senior couple, one of whom used a wheelchair.