The Lincoln City City Council got a re-assuring presentation Monday by City Engineer Stephanie Reid revealing that the Harbor Avenue renovation project, from 15th to 21st, is coming together very nicely. The council certainly hopes so since they earlier threw their hired consultants’ vision out the window for costing too much and the neighborhood was dead-set against it anyway.
Reid says that staff reconnected with the neighbors and the hotel and motel owners along that six block stretch of pavement, and they came up with a more simple approach. As the photos above show, there will be a total of 20 parking spaces along select sections on the east side of Harbor Avenue from 15th to 21st. And there will be a six foot wide ADA accessible sidewalk along the full west side of Harbor, from 15th to 21st. She said the new plan will balance the needs of all users of Harbor Avenue including service and delivery trucks, bicyclists and pedestrians. She said the plan aims to make best use of the city’s right of way, including view points to the ocean. Reid said the plan will also ensure that existing driveways and other accesses are preserved or even improved to match the new design.
At 15th and Harbor all kinds of improvements will be added to make that busy end of the street safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, handicapped folks in wheel chairs and those lugging surf boards. Reid was asked by one of the councilors if the city will be taking back city-owned right of way that some hotels and motels, over the years, paved over and used for parking. Reid said, “Yes we will. We need the room to make the whole plan work.”
The council gave their unanimous endorsement of what staff is trying to do to make that part of Lincoln City beachfront more accessible and attractive to tourists. Reid says the neighbors have suggested more bulb-out street corners, more curb cuts and other upgrades. But Reid is also under pressure to keep the project under a half million dollars. Acknowledging that challenge, the council assured Reid that if it couldn’t be done all at one time, it might be best to get done what they can with what money they’ve got. Then, in future years, they can finish up the finer details.
Reid told the council that with the their blessing she and staff, along with the Harbor Avenue neighborhood, will begin final design to see what can be accomplished with the money they’ve got. She said they have developed large drawings that anyone can come into city hall and review with plenty of help from staff to interpret for them and to explain the implications of various specific design options.
Reid said she’ll report back to the council soon with a design(s) they might be able to put out to bid.