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Thu., May 16, 2013, 8:23 a.m.

BLM To Give RR Land To Lake City

Kurt Pavlat, of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, talks last week about the nearly 30 acres of BLM land between City Park and Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

The BLM owns it, but it’s not exactly wild land. Freight trains long plowed through it, but the tracks are gone now. People walk and enjoy it daily, and soon it will formally join Coeur d’Alene’s designated recreation sites. The long, narrow strip of land runs from the west end of downtown north to the Riverstone subdivision near Interstate 90. And the U.S. Bureau of Land Management intends to allow the city to manage it for open space and public use. The 200-foot-wide, mile-long parcel is a remnant of the city’s industrial past. With no more mills to feed from, BNSF Railway Corp. relinquished its right of way in 2011. The city and BLM are working on a long-term, no-cost lease agreement that would allow the city to manage the 28.7-acre strip, complementing the Centennial Trail running parallel to it and dovetailing with the higher education campus anchored by North Idaho College/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: What do you envision for this piece of property between Northwest Boulevard and the Centennial Trail?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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