The Lafayette City-Parish Council aided the efforts to clean up the Four Corners area of Lafayette by starting with one vital street corner.

By a 7-1 vote, the council established the project a public necessity and approved further action to begin negotiations for the property located at the northeast corner of Cameron Street and University Avenue. Lafayette Parish Government administrators are planning to install a third Lafayette Police Department precinct on the property, where the Less Pay Motel currently operates.

The reflection that the site has been a repeated site of reported prostitution and drug use, according to District 3 Councilman Brandon Shelvin, was echoed by several members of the community who all spoke in favor of passing the ordinance that would help to revitalize the Four Corners area and “protect the sanctity of that neighborhood,” according to Shelvin, who represents the four corners area.

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel said he has approached the property owner who has shown willingness to sell the property and will continue with the next phase of the possible acquisition.

Within the grand scheme of bolstering the Lafayette Police Department’s presence, Durel foreshadowed the possibility of adding yet another precinct near the intersection of Kaliste Saloom Road and Ambassador Caffery Parkway in the future.