City projects overcome hurdle of COVID-19 pandemic

Lafayette leaders said the city is keeping up with several city projects during the pandemic.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 11:26 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Lafayette leaders said the city has kept up with several city projects during the pandemic.

Certain local industries have seen the benefits too.

Mayor Tony Roswarski said jobs with construction, building and development have held strong throughout the shutdown.

That included city projects like Loeb Stadium and Columbian Park as well as private companies like the new Ellsworth building on the southwest corner of Fifth and South Streets and the almost $17 million Nova Tower apartments.

The mayor said he's proud of the resilience businesses have showed in Lafayette.

"I think as a community we will come out of this better than most places," said Roswarski. "As you have seen from following us as you do we do have a couple big projects for downtown."

Roswarski said other industries have struggled economically during COVID

The tourism industry along with restaurants and boutiques have seen major losses.

"Like I said it is not dispersed evenly across the board but hopefully with the things we have been able to do here, with infrastructure in the way we work, we will be able to help people bounce back," said Roswarski.

As we previously reported Lafayette awarded small businesses $400,000 in loans and grants.

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