COEUR d'ALENE - They call it the "Four Corners" project, but over the past 12 years it has been a planning effort that has grown far beyond the original footprint. The Four Corners area started as an effort to plan for the redevelopment of the intersection where Northwest Boulevard turns into Sherman Avenue, and Government Way becomes West Mullan Avenue.
Memorial Field sits on the northwest corner, City Park and the North Idaho Museum sit on the southwest corner, Coeur d'Alene North sits on the southeast corner and the Kootenai County campus occupies the northeast corner.
Retired Coeur d'Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood said the city began looking at the intersection in 2002 after the railroad decided to abandon its tracks in the area. Since then, the project became an effort that eventually would connect the city parks system from McEuen Park to the Riverstone area, and possibly beyond that to the city of Huetter.
Eastwood, who is now consulting with the city on the project, said the old Burlington Northern Railroad property - which is 200 feet wide and stretches about one mile from Independence Point to Riverstone - reverted back to Bureau of Land Management.
BLM now owns about 29 acres in the 45 acres of land controlled by the city and the Lake City Development Corporation. More here. Jeff Selle, Cda Press
"The city wants to acquire that property," Eastwood said, explaining that the city tries to maintain an inventory of 4 acres of land per 1,000 residents. "One thing the city can't afford to do is quit acquiring land." Agree or disagree?