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Poll: Most Oppose Traffic Change

  • Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation strongly opposes the move by the Coeur d'Alene City Council to shut a block of Front Avenue (from 2nd to 3rd) and make a block of 3rd Street (from Front to Sherman) two-way traffic. 144 of 228 respondents (63.16%) oppose the move in conjunction with the new McEuen Field which will significantly change downtown Coeur d'Alene traffic flow. Only 65 of 228 respondents (28.51%) support the change. 19 (8.33%) were undecided.
  • Today's Question: Based on preliminary information available, do you think the police killing of a Dalton Gardens man was justified?

Council OKs Downtown Street Change

Item: Part of Third St. to be two-way: Cd'A City Council votes 4-3 to approve change/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Downtown Coeur d'Alene driving will be dramatically different next spring. A lot to do with downtown will be different next spring when the $20 million McEuen Park reconstruction project wraps up, but two-way traffic will be incorporated into the finished project. The Coeur d'Alene City Council narrowly agreed 4 to 3 Tuesday to turn the one-way Third Street into a two-way street from Front to Lakeside avenues. The change is designed to ease vehicle congestion as a result of turning Front Avenue into a limited-traffic and pedestrian-friendly zone between Second and Third streets - a decision the City Council agreed to by a 5-1 vote in January.

Question: Do you feel that this significant downtown street change flew under the radar?

Car d’Lane Wows Crowds Again

The sun flaired out on this Volkswagen at the annual Car d'Lane event over the weekend in downtown Coeur d'Alene.  It is was really orange all over but at the angle Duane Rasmussen snapped the photograph, it looked like an odd paint job. Duane said he liked the picture because he had never seen suicide door on a Volkswagen before. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Cars and trucks of all makes and models dating 1974 and earlier went “Cruisin' by the Lake” Friday night, beginning at 6. Flames shot out of tailpipes and “aHOOGa” horns trumpeted as thousands of spectators yelled, clapped and did some trumpeting of their own when the classics crept along the cruise route. The route began on Lakeside Avenue and continued to Fourth Street, north to Wallace Avenue, west to Second Street and south to Sherman Avenue. Camaros, Stingrays, Volkswagens, Mustangs, Chevelles, Model Ts, lowriders, old military vehicles and a vintage Hollywood ambulance with the license plate “Gonner” were among the custom and restored classics that paraded along the downtown streets/Devin Heilman, CdA Press. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who missed Car d'Lane this year? I was in Portland. How about you?

Sparse Parking, Scarce Shoppers

Lexi Carlsen, left, and Caitlin McHugh cross Sherman Avenue Friday while browsing Coeur d'Alene retail shops. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Shopping in downtown Coeur d'Alene may have hit a bump in the road. And construction signs. And traffic cones. And congestion on the streets. The season is starting out a little bumpy because of restricted access and parking caused by road construction and improvements, which have various roads temporarily closed or fenced off. Shoppers, as well as store owners and employees, have mixed feelings about how the process is affecting business now that the peak downtown shopping time has commenced. “I think that the timing of which they're doing this is just very bad timing,” said Charlotte Botelho, sales clerk at Lucky Monkey Trading Company/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you avoiding downtown this summer?

Tourism Tip Omits Construction Work

In her article “Idaho one cool destination at one cool price,” Clara Bosonetto of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touts cheap air rates in getting from Atlanta to Boise ($266 round trip). And said this about Coeur d’Alene: “A 7-hour drive north of Boise is Lake Coeur d’Alene, created by glaciers and today an international resort destination with the town of Coeur d’Alene on its north shore and resorts nestled along 135 miles of shoreline. An ideal region for avid birdwatchers – Lake Coeur d’Alene has the largest nesting population of osprey in the western United States.” Chamber types are glad she didn’t mention that the southern edge of downtown Coeur d’Alene is torn up this year. Or anything about Aryans/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

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Question: Is this the summer you'd want your friends and relatives visiting downtown Coeur d'Alene?

Subway Opens In Downtown CdA

They say that when God closes a door, he opens a window. Well, when Jerry Jensen closes a Subway, which is unusual, he opens another - and likely another and another. The owner of six Subways in Coeur d'Alene and Hayden sat inside his newest store on Seventh and Sherman that opened Monday. “Obviously in the summertime we're going to get a ton more traffic, and that's a big thing,” he said. The 1,700-square-foot store is in a prime location to continue drawing big weekday lunch crowds, as well as increasing customer count for dinners and weekends. “I think that really was the driving force behind this,” Jensen said/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Sandwich artists Patrick Runkle, left, and Brad McNelis work on a customer order Tuesday at Subway in Coeur d'Alene)

Question: This is the site of the old Senor Froggy's, right? Is that a good location for a Subway?

Judge Dismisses High-Rise Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed to prevent a Colorado company from building a high-rise condominium in downtown Coeur d'Alene was dismissed Tuesday, although the ruling doesn't shut the door on litigation completely. But the company proposing the project, One Lakeside LLC., said it's pleased with the judge's decision and it's ready to apply for building permits this summer, and break ground on the 14-story building by November. “Obviously, we're pleased the judge saw it our way,” said Greg Hills, principal of the real estate development firm Austin Lawrence Partners proposing to build the retail and residential building at the corner of First Street and Lakeside Avenue. “We're going to keep moving forward, just like we have been”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you ready for another downtown high-rise?

Design Panel OKs CdA High Rise

The architectural design for a proposed 14-story residential building in downtown Coeur d'Alene got the green light Thursday from the city's Design Review Commission. The commission's seven members unanimously approved the plan for the building, stating it meets all city guidelines and procedures. Prior to the commissioners' decision, they received a preview of the legal battle neighbors of the project have been promising to mount. Harold Damiano, a 24-year resident of the Coeur d'Alene North condos to the north, testified that the commissioners have a duty to protect property rights and values. He pointed out that this duty is listed first in the city's code detailing the Design Review Commission's authority/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you want to see more high-rises in downtown Coeur d'Alene?

Fondo Coming To Downtown CdA

What is a Fondo? It may sound like a car or something you eat but for Coeur d'Alene, its a giant bike race that's gaining national attention. On Saturday, September 29, cyclists will fill the streets of downtown Coeur d'Alene for the 1st annual Coeur d' Fondo. It's a race where riders can choose from four different courses that range in mileages from 108 miles to a family friendly 15 miles. And at the end riders will be rewarded for the efforts at the the Coeur d'Alene Oktoberfest.  And due to a large spike of interest nationwide, it's sure to be crowded downtown. “When we first started out, we thought let's keep it small. Let's keep it to 200 to 500 riders,” said race director Issac Mann. “But we got so many entires, we had to stop at 800”/Megan Gallegos, KXLY4. More here. (Image from KXLY Web site)

Question: Had you heard of the 1st Coeur d'Alene Fondo before now?

Downtown To Get Office Building

With hopes to extend the business core of downtown to Seventh Street, a retail building called Plaza on Sherman is planned for the vacant southeast corner of Seventh and Sherman. The corner had Senor Froggy's eatery a few years back and plans for a six-story structure there were changed to the new plan. With hopes for construction to begin this fall and complete next spring, the 5,500-square-foot, single-story building would house three or four tenants and have parking to the rear. The only committed tenant is Subway, and about 4,000 square feet remain available. Erik Nelson of Kiemle & Hagood Realty (509-220-4042, is handling the project/Nils Rosdahl, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think things are looking up/down for downtown Coeur d'Alene?

Developers Describe High-Rise Plans

Meet the neighbors. The Colorado developers proposing to build a 12-story retail and apartment complex in downtown Coeur d'Alene laid out the first wave of details behind the estimated $20 million project Thursday, saying they want to work with the surrounding neighborhood as much as possible as they turn the conceptual plan into a final design. “I don't consider myself a local by any stretch of the imagination,” said Greg Hills, principal of real estate development firm Austin Lawrence Partners, out of Aspen, Colo., which is pitching the project. “I'm not saying that I am … But our goal is to have a collaborative effort with the city on this building.” The company wants to break ground on a 125,000-square-foot, 60-unit luxury-apartment building at 201 N. First St., in the spring/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust Press photo: Denver architect Michael Noda describes the building style of the135-foot mixed use project proposed for 201 N. First Street)


Another High-Rise For Downtown?

Item: Moving on up: Twelve-story building proposed at corner of Lakeside and First/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A Colorado company is proposing to build a 12-story retail and apartment building in the heart of downtown Coeur d'Alene, adjacent to some highrise apartments already there. Austin Lawrence Partners, a real estate development firm out of Aspen, Colo., hopes to break ground on the 125,000-square-foot, 60-unit luxury-apartment building, called One Lakeside at 201 N. First St., in the spring. The proposed mixed-use building would sell one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with “high-end finishes and appliances,” according to the company's website. A 12-unit apartment building, called Lakeside Apartments, currently sits on the 20,000-square-foot lot, which Austin Lawrence Partners purchased in April 2012. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos)

Question: Is there room for another high-rise in downtown Coeur d'Alene?

Downtown Bar Report — July 1-31

It has been awhile since we've had a Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report. So this may seem dated (from 4th of July). But it's still interesting (since it happened in the SR parking lot): “Officers arrested an 18YO female for Domestic Battery after a dispute between her boyfriend (bisexual) and her boyfriend’s boyfriend (homosexual). The battery incident occurred after the fireworks display in the Spokesman Review parking lot. Apparently the three were discussing sexual preferences, and the female, who was intoxicated, was not happy about the situation – slapping her boyfriend’s face (victim stated it was like a 'bitch slap'). When officers arrived, everyone was in tears and once it was determined the male and female were in a domestic relationship, she was arrested for domestic battery. Her boyfriend was later charged with Malicious Injury to Property after it was discovered he had stolen a “handicap” sign from the parking lot area (sign was found in his car).” You can read the rest of the latest Bar Report here.


Car d’Lane Too Popular?

The Phantom Photographer wonders what the boy in the back seat has in his mouth. Maybe a candy copy of whatever the man is smoking in the front seat? PP snapped this photo during the annual Car d'Lane cruise Friday night in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

Question: I've heard several friends who were in downtown Coeur d'Alene Friday night describe the scene as “a zoo” or worse. They didn't like the crush of out-of-towners who seem to have overwhelmed the streets at the expense of the locals. Has Car d'Lane become too popular?

Bar Report: Just Wanted Some Coke

In the latest Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report we're introduced to a possible purse thieft accused of stealing a purse of a 30-year-old dancer while she was on stage at the Rendezvouz. It happened Monday, May 21. Here's the rest of the report: “While she was on the stage dancing, a male sat down next to where she had left her purse, wrapped the purse in his jacket and left out the front door. The victim tried to chase the male, but could not keep up with him because of her heels. She did point the male out to the bar bouncer who was also unable to stop the male. The male was recognized by others in the bar and when the officers contacted him by phone, he denied taking the purse stating he was at the bar trying to score some cocaine but did not steal anything. This case is still under investigation.” You can read the entire Bar Report here.

Question: Ah, what's worse — stealing a purse or trying to “score some cocaine”?

Ganesha Artwork Leaving Downtown

At 8 a.m. Friday, Ganesha will come down. The five-foot statue of the Hindu God, who earned some criticism for its apparently un-American and un-Christian ways, will leave its spot on the corner of Sixth Street and Sherman Avenue and head to an art studio in Spokane. It its place will be a 7-foot statue called “Art and Soul.” It's a creation by local artist Jason Sanchez, and one could describe the futuristic machine as something that stepped out of a Terminator movie. “We got some unusual ones,” said Joseph Sharnetsky, Arts Commission member, on this incoming crop of artistic creations - which he described as “more abstract, more colorful and more unusual” than the current fleet. “It's a little different than last year”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR file photo)

Question: Do you enjoy the public arts display in downtown Coeur d'Alene this past year?

CdA Businesses Must Police Sidewalks

Item: Businesses must police sidewalks: Language, dress code must be enforced in outside seating areas/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The City Council approved the changes 4 votes to 2 votes, with councilmembers Dan Gookin and Steve Adams voting against the measure. Adams called the changes heavy-handed and premature, since the downtown bar dance club Icon, which accounted for some of the police calls, was sold this year. He said the changes shouldn't be implemented until after the city has time to study statistics from this summer, while Gookin said the city shouldn't police what language people use. “The government does not have the power to regulate what people say,” he said.

Question: Who's right on this matter — the 4-2 majority? Or Adams (who said the changes were heavy-handed and premature) and Gookin (who said police shouldn't regulate language people use)?

City Eyes Downtown CdA Behavior

The city of Coeur d'Alene wants to add some rules to its outdoor food and alcohol serving policy to help clean up behavior around bars and restaurants with seating on public sidewalks. The changes would clarify expectations for businesses that serve outdoors thanks to the city's food and alcohol outdoor service policy, which has been changed several times the last three years. “It's a balancing act,” said Mike Kennedy, councilman, on attempting to clean up late-night behavior outside establishments that serve alcohol, versus coming down too heavy handed on businesses. “And it's not an easy one.” The proposed additions would require businesses that have the outdoor permits to play a more active role in policing unacceptable behavior in their own designated areas/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo of a mother & her son dining outside the Beacon)

Question: Do you enjoy dining or drinking outside restaurants or bars in downtown Coeur d'Alene?

Wine Cellar Moving Next Door

The owners of The Wine Cellar, a staple of the downtown scene for over 20 years, are thrilled to announce that the restaurant will be moving street side this summer. Tom & Patricia Power have acquired the building located at 317 Sherman Avenue, directly next door to the Wine Cellar and will be relocating the restaurant to that space.  The Wine Cellar restaurant in its current location will remain open for business during this transition.  The building at 317 Sherman has been a number of businesses over the years, from a department store, furniture store, The Brix restaurant in 2003 and most recently the Icon nightclub/News Release. More here. (Photo from Wine Cellar Web page)

Question: Are you a fan of the Wine Cellar?

OTV: Downtown Icon Bar Shut

OrangeTV: “Icon is closed forever after last weekend, so that is no longer an ongoing concern. It was purchased by the Wine Cellar and is being turned back into a fine dining establishment. The Beacon is as described in the article, terrible customer service and outrageous prices. Splash, I’ve never been but I’ve never once heard anything nice about the place. As for my favorite downtown bar, well…I have kind of a bias on that one…”

DFO: Thanks, OTV, I didn't know that about Icon. Judging from the Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report, Icon won't be missed by the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Question: Which other downtown Coeur d'Alene bar would you like to see close?

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