Brief: Land swap for Lafayette fire station passes House

Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan’s HB335, which would allow the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to swap a tract of land along Cajundome Boulevard to the City of Lafayette in exchange for Fire Station No. 5 on Johnston Street, was approved by the House on Thursday 93-11. On Tuesday it received second reading in the Senate and was referred to the Natural Resources Committee.

The university wants to develop the fire station property for possible residential housing, while the city wants to build a new, larger Fire Station No. 5 on the Cajundome Boulevard tract, which has a 400-foot frontage.

The only local member voting against it in the House was Rep. Marcus Bryant, Democrat for District 96 in Iberia and Lafayette parishes.