Update: George Sayler, president of the Tubbs Hill Foundation, tells Huckleberries that the proposal was put together Tuesday, in anticipation of the ignite cda meeting -- and doesn't have the official approval of the foundation. However, an informal email poll of members has shown that the proposal has much support. Sayler told Huckleberries that the property, combined with an adjacent city lot could be used as a low-impact interpretive center and a connecting path between East Tubs Hill and McEuen Park.
Huckleberries has learned from Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer that there's a move afoot to buy the 2 lots, totaling one acre, on the northeast edge of Coeur d'Alene, from the urban renewal district. Mary Lou Reed and George Sayler made proposed to purchase the two parcels for $600,000. The two Tubbs Hill advocates said there goal is to raise half the money and then seek and matching grant for the other half. They said much of the money could be raised from the sale of Cherry Hill property left to the Tubbs Hill Foundation by the late Art Manley -- and a $50,000 donation from the Reed Foundation that Mary Lou Reed runs. Mayor Widmyer tells Huckleberries that the offer received a warm reception from the urban renewal board. But it still must be approved by the city, ignite cda, and the Tubbs Hill Foundation. Developing.