Farmers market staying put this summer on 2nd just off 101, and affordable housing back on the city’s radar
The Newport City Council Monday night looked at a number of spots where they could put the Newport Farmer’s Market for this summer, but, in the end, and in agreement with Farmer’s Market officials and their vendors, the council decided to leave the market right where it’s been, right off 101 on 2nd BUT the market must hire a parking cop to keep market shoppers from tying up the parking spaces of nearby stores on 101. Those stores have been very upset that their customers can’t find a place to park on Saturdays.
So the market will hire that parking cop and the market will set up this spring and summer on 2nd between 101 and Nye, with lots of parking on the county complex lot right off 2nd.
The Council also decided to re-evaluate its relationship with the Lincoln County Land Trust whose sole reason for existence is to make it possible for Lincoln County and its cities to build critically needed affordable housing as well as work force housing for its citizens. But the council also strongly indicated that they may want to seek other partners besides the Land Trust based on what happened recently when trust officials proiposed a conceptual plan of affordable housing and luxury condos right up against Don Davis Park. The neighborhood and the council were aghast because they didn’t even know such a deal was in the making and certainly didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Although Trust Board Member and County Commissioner Bill Hall apologized profusely and often, the council is obviously still smarting from the incident and appears, at the moment, not willing to say what their future relationship will be with the Trust. But they quickly added that they’re willing to talk with the Trust about it. The council also indicated that it’s willing to inventory vacant land owned by the city as an attractive element for any affordable housing developer who might want to build affordable housing in Newport.