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Open house set for Seltice Way plan

The City of Coeur d’Alene is inviting the community to a presentation and open house on a major plan to revitalize Seltice Way between Northwest Boulevard and Huetter Road.

The 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. meeting September 28 will be at the Frontier Ice Arena, 3525 W. Seltice Way.

A 20- to 30-minute presentation on the project’s basics will be followed by an open house where City staff, Welch Comer Engineers and ignite CDA staff will be present to answer questions.

The City has also invited the potential developers of a new mixed-used development at the former Stimson Mill site to present a concept plan for the development to get community feedback. While the land has not officially been sold to them yet, the potential builders want to ensure the public gets a view of the various public open space and trail opportunities that could occur if they choose to move forward on their “River 47” project.

The Seltice Way Revitalization Project will bring a new asphalt road surface, include reconfiguration of both the Atlas Road and Grand Mill Lane intersections, provide pedestrian and bicycle facilities on both sides of the road, include bus transit facilities and new street lighting. The vast majority of the $4.5 million price tag – $3.5 million – is being provided by the City’s Urban Renewal District, ignite CDA. The City is still reviewing various funding opportunities to bridge the gap.

Community members are encouraged to provide input on the overall project, in particular the bicycle and pedestrian lanes and a potential roundabout at Atlas Road as opposed to a traffic signal. Initial analysis indicates a roundabout may be more cost effective (both for construction and ongoing maintenance), reduce traffic collision severity, and allow for better traffic flow as compared to a traditional signal/Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor.

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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