Waldport City Councilors were told today that there will be four new homes built in the downtown area over the next three years. All four will be built behind Ray’s Market in the east downtown area. Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Sally Bovett said the homes will be small with carports, at about 11-hundred square feet. Bovett said all buyers must meet certain income levels and be willing to put in a lot of personal time and labor in their construction. For more info, 541-574-4437.
Demolition of Waldport High School (Correction: School District is applying for the FEMA grant)
The council also was told that the school district is applying for a FEMA grant to knock down Waldport High School. Waldport High students will soon be attending a new high school up off Crestline Drive, now under construction, next to the elementary school.
It appears that the demolition would rank quite high in that it would pay for removing some very large buildings that would not only be damaged in a tsunami, but also damage others as parts of the school would be carried along in the tidal surge. Once the old high school is demolished. Under the terms of the grant, the city would have to designate the zoning on the site strictly as open space. No new construction would be allowed because it’s in a tsunami zone.
The city council voted to support the school district’s the application to FEMA for the three million dollar grant to demolish the school. A representative from the school district said they should hear back from FEMA by early March as to whether they will be awarded the grant.