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City Dealing For More Water Access

The city of Coeur d’Alene has reached a tentative land purchase agreement with a railroad that will open up a two-mile stretch or property along the Spokane River to public access and economic development opportunities. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) has partnered with the city to sell about 20 acres of lineal right-of-way that runs roughly from the eastern side of Riverstone west to Huetter Road. Under the railroad’s ownership, the riverfront property along the corridor was essentially landlocked. Jobs Plus President Steve Griffitts hailed the potential for economic development. “It’s extremely attractive for companies that want to relocate or expand to our area,” he said. Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer agreed. “Without right-of-way, no developer would look at those parcels because a big chunk of that property was tied up by the railroad,” he said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

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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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