Newport adopts “go slow” approach to Downtown Deco Park project – if that’s what a study says should be done
The Newport City Council, saying they want to do something to help spur economic development in the Art Deco District in downtown Newport, said it will wait until a study is done to determine the best way to spend around $65,000 for improvements to the area. Art Deco District business owners had expected the council to move ahead with the creation of an Art Deco Park, featuring a large art deco pylon that mimicked those on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. But the council balked at the idea Tuesday night, instead deciding to apply for a grant to hire a consultant to gauge the best use of the funds within an economic development theme. Mayor McConnell suggested other items that might be worthy of funding to possibly include downtown facade improvements or other small store support options.
The council voted unanimously to apply for the grant. If they get it the council said they should be able to move ahead with a project for the downtown Art Deco District that will help boost economic development in that part of town.