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Item: Coeur d'Alene prevails against lawsuit to block downtown high-rise/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: The City of Coeur d'Alene prevailed last week in a lawsuit that was initially filed to stop a high-rise condominium project on the corner of First Street and Lakeside Avenue. The suit, originally filed in February by the Coeur d'Alene North Homeowners View Preservation, LLC, was dismissed by Judge Lansing Haynes on Sept. 5. According to the City of Coeur d'Alene's outside attorney, Mike Haman, the suit was originally filed against the city and Colorado-based One Lakeside, LLC, which is planning to build a 14-story condominium at 201 N. First Ave.
Question: Ready for one more downtown high-rise?
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?
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?
If a group of concerned citizens appeals a commission's approval of a proposed downtown high-rise to the City Council, Mayor Sandi Bloem said Thursday she would recuse herself from the process. Bloem's son, Century 21 real estate agent Kurt Lundblad, has a personal and professional relationship with Colorado developer Greg Hills, who is proposing to build a 14-story apartment building on First Street and Lakeside Avenue. "I don't know by law if I would have to, but I absolutely would recuse myself just by appearance, because my son is involved," Bloem said. Lundblad helped facilitate Hills' purchase of the Mudge building where the proposed development would go, and could help market apartments in the future, Hills told The Press Thursday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Can you remember other times when elected local officials recused themselves from a decision, citing a possible conflict of interest?
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)
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?