At the LCDC strategic planning session, Mayor Sandi Bloem said good growth doesn't happen simply “organically” and called for formation of an East Sherman Avenue urban renewal district:
Mayor Sandi Bloem applauded the agency's efforts in stimulating the economy and underscored that many of the major economic development projects in the Coeur d'Alene area would not have been possible without partnership from the LCDC. The mayor discounted recent public comments that growth should to occur “organically,” without urban renewal or any public assistance. “So many great projects have occurred in Coeur d'Alene with help from the LCDC … that otherwise would not have happened,” Bloem said. Some level of growth would occur without LCDC funding, the mayor said, but not at nearly the rate the LCDC has created through its partnership initiatives. Regarding the LCDC's future, the mayor, who recently announced she would not seek a fourth term in November, said the agency must move forward and resist political opposition. “You must continue to share your message with the community on the great things the agency has accomplished,” she said. The mayor also said she supported creation of a new urban renewal district to enhance East Sherman Avenue, calling it the “perfect area” for urban renewal financing/Keith Erickson, LCDC. Full report here.
Question: Should an urban renewal district be created for East Sherman Avenue?