Like many downtown areas across the United States, Abbeville is home to many vacant downtown spaces and decreasing retail spaces. City leaders have reached out for the assistance of regional and state planning groups to assist in the re-imagining of Downtown Abbeville. These teams will work together with the public to understand what residents and businesses want and don’t want to see in the area. Then, they will build a Master Plan that allows for the recruitment of new development & business.

Phase One

Downtown Abbeville

The City of Abbeville is teaming up with the Acadiana Planning Commission, Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality, and Kansas State University – Technical Assistance to Brownfields, as well as local community members and businesses to study Downtown Abbeville and imagine new use for vacant spaces. This study will involve specialized focus groups and end with a city-wide Town Hall Meeting to review ideas and allow residents to vote on their favorite ideas.


Downtown Abbeville

The City of Abbeville held a public meeting on November 9, 2022 where Jeffrey Smith with Holly & Smith Architects shared the story of Hammond’s Downtown Development District’s successful preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Mayor White invited the community to hear one community’s success story and imagine how Abbeville could enhance our own area into a vibrant, well-known place to be.

Like Hammond, Abbeville is committed to our community engagement and believes it will be the key to our success. 

Jeffrey Smith talked about the history of Hammond, their development of Hammond’s Downtown Development District and it’s incentives and benefits, what has come from it, and explained how Abbeville could do the same.

Dear Santa Letter

Abbeville 2023

Dear Santa…

We imagine Abbeville to be the place to be! We are looking for ideas and community feedback on possible future events residents would like to see come to Abbeville. Imagine Abbeville to be welcoming to those with different hobbies, interests, and different music you’d like to see come here.

All ideas are welcome and our elves will make sure we give these ideas to “Santa.”  


When & Where: tba


What next?

The City of Abbeville is actively looking for citizens and businesses to participate in this campaign to imagine what more Abbeville could be. If you’re interested in participating, please email or fill out the form below to Get Involved.

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