Missouri-based technology consulting firm Perficient, which announced plans last year to open offices in Lafayette, is eyeing the old Jefferson Street Market downtown to house an operation with at least 200 employees.
A company spokesman declined comment on the specifics, saying Perficient is still exploring sites in and around Lafayette, but the prospect of a downtown location was revealed in documents filed with the City-Parish Council.
The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a measure to lease the top two floors of the city-owned parking garage on Vermilion Street for use as employee parking for Perficient should the downtown deal work out.
The proposal submitted to the council states Perficient “has agreed in principle” to the Jefferson Street site.
“It would be a really big win for downtown,” said city-parish Public Works Director Kevin Blanchard. “They are interested and want to establish their permanent presence downtown but need a parking solution.”
The Jefferson Street Market building served as a temporary home for the downtown library for four years, but the space became available this month when the downtown library moved back into a newly renovated facility.
The parking deal for Perficient would allow the company to lease 200 spaces on the top two floors of the Vermilion Street parking garage for $2,000 a month, a rate Blanchard said was calculated using standard group rate discounts offered for downtown parking.
He said the parking garage has the capacity and is full only during major weekend events downtown.
“We have the room,” he said.
Perficient announced in September it would open a new software development center in Lafayette, creating more than 200 jobs averaging $60,000 a year.
It is among three major technology companies to announce plans over the past two years to open offices here.
California-based Enquero Inc. is opening a center here that will employ 350, and CGI, a Canadian firm, is building a technology center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Park that will employ 400 high-tech workers.
Pending the completion of the new facility, CGI has set up shop downtown on Jefferson Street in the building that once housed The Daily Advertiser.
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