OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Opelousas Board of Aldermen has approved a resolution expanding the boundaries of the cultural district to include the northern portion of the city limits.

City Tourism Director Melanie Lebouef said after Tuesday's meeting that extending the existing cultural district could allow nonprofit entities and privately owned buildings 50 years or older to become eligible for state and federal tax credits for the costs of building renovations.

Lebouef tells The Advocate the Michel Prudhomme home, built in the 1790s, would become eligible under the expanded district boundaries as well as St. Landry Catholic Church, first built in the early 1800s, and Holy Ghost Catholic Church.