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Bloem Wants East Sherman URD

At the LCDC strategic planning session, Mayor Sandi Bloem said good growth doesn't happen simply “organically” and called for formation of an East Sherman Avenue urban renewal district:

Mayor Sandi Bloem applauded the agency's efforts in stimulating the economy and underscored that many of the major economic development projects in the Coeur d'Alene area would not have been possible without partnership from the LCDC. The mayor discounted recent public comments that growth should to occur “organically,” without urban renewal or any public assistance. “So many great projects have occurred in Coeur d'Alene with help from the LCDC … that otherwise would not have happened,” Bloem said. Some level of growth would occur without LCDC funding, the mayor said, but not at nearly the rate the LCDC has created through its partnership initiatives. Regarding the LCDC's future, the mayor, who recently announced she would not seek a fourth term in November, said the agency must move forward and resist political opposition. “You must continue to share your message with the community on the great things the agency has accomplished,” she said. The mayor also said she supported creation of a new urban renewal district to enhance East Sherman Avenue, calling it the “perfect area” for urban renewal financing/Keith Erickson, LCDC. Full report here.

Question: Should an urban renewal district be created for East Sherman Avenue?

Diector: Where Would Fresh Start Go?

Howard Martinson has a question for the city of Coeur d'Alene. If Fresh Start, the homeless center of which he is executive director, was forced to move and ended up closing, where would its clients go? Where would they shower, use the bathroom or make a phone call? The library, maybe, or perhaps the fire station or one of the city's parks. “I don't know,” the executive director said. What he does know is that last year, Fresh Start served nearly 3,000 different people, saw more than 15,000 visits and provided more than 44,000 services/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo, of a woman who'd been staying at Fresh Start after heat went out in a friend's trailer)

Question: Would you want Fresh Start in your neighborhood?

AM: Neighbors Fight Fresh Start

Cherie McCabe, left, talks with neighbor Melody Turner on Friday in her home near Fresh Start in Coeur d’Alene. McCabe is one of 89 homeowners in the area surrounding Fresh Start in the 1500 block of East Sherman Avenue who have signed petitions against the homeless drop-in center. SR story by Alison Boggs here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

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