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COOS BAY — In a work session Tuesday evening Coos Bay City Council decided which Urban Renewal Agency projects it would begin in the coming year, specifically in the downtown district.

“What we’re looking at is just trying to look at some of our potential projects coming up in the next year … no approvals were made tonight. What we discussed was our projects for the remainder of this year and the beginning of next year,” Coos Bay City Manager Rodger Craddock said.

Currently the Urban Renewal Downtown District is working on finishing two phases of a 10-phase plan by putting brand new 8-foot by 10-foot "Welcome to Coos Bay" signs at the north and south entrances to the city along U.S. Highway 101.

One of the following phases calls for a non-motorized boat ramp that the city would like to build for the bay.

“The first thing we need to do is find out which location would be best. There’s two locations we’re looking at, one on Date Street and one next to the museum,” Craddock said

The downtown district hopes to provide this boat ramp at little cost to the Urban Renewal District, by applying for grants that with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which would mean that there would very likely be a fishing dock attached to the future boat ramp.

 “We’re looking into that kayak launch, but I don’t know that we’ve determined on which street it’s going to be yet,” City Councilor Drew Farmer said.

Another project that the Urban Renewal District is looking into is a sidewalk and landscaping project on the street next to Fred Meyer that leads into town. Final designs aren’t finished yet, but concept art shows new sidewalks and shrubbery enclosed by some of the same green railed gate that can be found along U.S. Highway 101 outside the Coos Bay Boardwalk.

It was recently decided that the opposite side of the street in front of O’Riley’s Auto Parts receive similar treatment.

Several sidewalk projects in the heart of downtown were decided to be priorities by the Urban Renewal Agency, including the strip of sidewalk across the street from the new Natural Grocers building.

The most ambitious sidewalk project is a repaving of Anderson Street around to Second Street. Essentially the strip of sidewalk that wraps around Rife’s Furniture and down past Time Bomb Exchange. The council hopes to get this project done in time for the downtown farmers market, which opens up in May.

Lastly the Urban Renewal Agency talked about upgrading the façade of the Salvation Army store located downtown. The city hopes to help the Salvation Army building by providing between $50,000 and $75,000 out of their façade grant fund. 

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