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Tue., July 22, 2014, 10:49 a.m.

Lake City Innovation Center Proposed

Nick Smoot, with the Innovation Collective, made a presentation last week to the Lake City Development Corp. highlighting a new innovation center they want to build in Coeur d'Alene. If possible, he told the LCDC board, his group would like to build it on property owned by LCDC south of City Hall. The property is between Young Avenue and east Pine Avenue on the west side of Eighth Street. "In our minds, this is the ideal location," Smoot said, adding the collective wants to develop a "creative-class" culture that would help lure high-tech entrepreneurs to Coeur d'Alene. The barn-like building would be approximately 20,000 to 25,000 square feet, and start as a one-story with the ability to expand into two stories if needed. Smoot said he has contacted the local neighborhood association and the Tubbs Hill Foundation about his plans, and everyone so far has been positive about the project/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I like the idea of an Innovation Center. But I'm not sure I like the proposed location, next to Tubbs Hill. How about you?




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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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