The future of Urban Renewal in Lincoln City, and its plans for continued sprucing up Lincoln County’s second largest city, were listed Monday night during the city council meeting, but there was so much to talk about, the council decided it would give itself more than the hour they had allotted. So they decided to continue their discussions to the next city council meeting on April 9th.
Urban Renewal Director Kurt Olsen, fresh off a recent workshop with the council earlier in the month, gave his understanding of what general direction the council seems to want. He said the council likes undergrounding power lines because that gets them out of the way of the beautiful sea views abundant around Lincoln City. The council seems to want effective economic development produced in the final couple of years of life of the program and that might include acquiring strategic properties that could be transformed from being empty buildings to something filled with retail sales or other business activities. Olsen reminded the council that urban renewal also has a rather comprehensive tool kit for business incentives for building facade improvements, commercial uses and housing mixed in one building, signage and interior upgrades and more. Creating an indoor surfing facility was also mentioned.
Olsen said the city already has a number of properties that might be coming ripe for development which includes a public-private partnership for mixed-land use near Northwest 15th. Olsen said in Taft, at the end of 51st Street there are 1.5 acres of city owned land that might prove enticing for business. In the Nelscott area, there was going to be some land devoted to development on the east side of the highway but that is apparently going to go for highway expansion. However, on the west side there appears to be an opportunity to expand much needed parking in the area. And up 101 near D-River Park, more city owned land may lend itself for commercial development along a 180 foot piece of prime road frontage property.
Again, more will be made clear at the council’s April 9th meeting.