Lincoln City City Council ponders $50 million dollar improvements at north end of town – will take years.
The Lincoln City City Council got its first up-front exposure to plans to transform the north end of town in to something quite upscale for locals and visitors alike.
The city council was told by their Urban Renewal consultant as well as city staff, that there is over $40 Million in improvements for a Logan Road connector road to Highway 101, local street improvements, better access to beaches, improved trail heads, better parking, overall economic growth and restoration of Logan Creek.
Other benefits from the budding urban renewal re-make of the north end are Logan and Port Road lane upgrades and safety improvements, establishing long-range water security, improved public utilities, storm drain upgrades and a community park at The Villages – a new high end neighborhood.
Other improvements to the area through urban renewal include possibly a Head-to-Bay Trail, improved public parking, sanitary sewer and water systems, Roads End State Park and a sewer pump station.
The list goes on to include emergency preparedness, resiliency and mitigation (could they be talking about the nearly overdue Cascade Subduction Zone Earthquake – the last one in 1700?)
There are also plans to remove power poles in the area and underground their power, cable and phone lines – definitely an aesthetic upgrade.
City staff said they’d like to see signage for community way finding and public transit, building sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements.
Other longer term plans include an extension of NE 47th Street, traffic signals and neighborhood parks for The Villages – Parks A & B.
Others weighed in on the priorities asking for protection of wildlife, preserving wildlife migration corridors, maintaining the rural character of the area, installing speed bumps as well as tasteful street lighting.
All of the above and more are on the blackboard. City officials say that the tax increment system of urban renewal programs generally produce millions upon millions of dollars over a 20+ year period through property taxes and other revenue sources. City officials say they understand the concerns of what are called “special districts” being affected by the urban renewal districts’ revenue generation powers since they frequently overlap with other taxing districts. The city council said they don’t want the North Lincoln Fire-Rescue District to get short changed due to re-channeling a major portion of NEW property taxes being overly concentrated on infrastructure improvements serving homes and businesses while short-changing emergency services and other taxing districts.
All of the above will take years to accomplish and will definitely be piecemealed into placed based on available tax increment support from rising property tax revenues through the city’s urban renewal program. A very long journey is now underway.