Amended ordinance preserving brick streets in Lafayette to move forward

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — After much deliberation, an ordinance to preserve brick streets in Lafayette will be moving forward.

As News 18 has reported, some residents were concerned after bricks on Sixth Street were replaced with asphalt.

To address the issue, an ordinance to preserve the brick streets was presented to the council earlier this month. It was tabled in order to gather more input from residents.

The ordinance committee met Wednesday night to discuss the changes.

City attorney Ed Chosnek said he’s drafted something that will work.

“The intention is if we can — in compliance with state, local laws, safety requirements and economic considerations — we want to preserve the remaining brick streets,” Chosnek said.

Some residents say they’re pleased with the efforts so far.

“They’ve crafted, I think, something through listening that says, ‘Hey, look. We have to do what’s right for the citizens of all of Lafayette. We do think historic preservation is important, and this is how we will prioritize both of those,'” said Ken Jones, a resident of the Highland Park neighborhood.

The amended ordinance will be ready in time for April’s regular council meeting.