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A Coeur d’Alene condominium project postponed three years ago when the economy faltered has resurfaced as a rental housing proposal geared toward workers with moderate incomes. The city of Coeur d’Alene devoted $1 million toward a facelift of an area known as Midtown in 2008. The neighborhood runs mostly along Fourth Street, a northbound arterial that connects downtown with Interstate 90.
The transformation of a former lumber mill site into landscaped roadways and a new intersection was celebrated Tuesday as the first step toward a long-envisioned education corridor in Coeur d’Alene. “In 10 to 20 years, I don’t think we’ll believe what this place will look like,” Mayor Sandi Bloem said. “It will be a legacy for the future.”
City and higher education leaders gathered Friday to break ground for the first stage of construction in Coeur d’Alene’s long-awaited education corridor. This phase will include $3.7 million worth of road improvements to create the infrastructure for expansion of the growing college campus in downtown Coeur d’Alene.
The final public improvements could be complete within the next few months at Riverstone, a 160-acre residential and commercial project along the Spokane River in Coeur d’Alene. “We will have all of our infrastructure completed, and all of our lots will be available and ready to go with this last piece, so that feels pretty good,” said Development Manager Mike Craven, of SRM Development. “We’ll have more lots available and more choices.”
The new roof on the Kootenai Youth Recreation Organization’s ice arena will be strong enough to withstand 60 pounds of snow per square foot, about 20 pounds more than building regulations require. “We’ll never have to shovel it again,” said Matthew Beam, manager of the Coeur d’Alene nonprofit organization.
A Hayden company has begun construction on an affordable housing apartment complex for people 55 and older on the west side of Coeur d’Alene. Whitewater Creek also recently was approved by the state’s housing finance association to receive federal tax credits to build an affordable housing project within the city’s Riverstone development, which is known more for upscale housing.
Students and faculty will have more ways to come and go at the growing college campus northwest of downtown Coeur d’Alene if a new traffic plan is approved. Designs show two new intersections with traffic signals connecting to Northwest Boulevard. The engineering plan developed by J-U-B Engineers and Landmark Architects also suggests adding four roundabouts within and near the North Idaho College campus to ease traffic flow, and reducing four-lane Mullan Road to two lanes with a center turn lane between Northwest Boulevard and the college entrance.
A college foundation’s recent purchase of 17 acres of land in downtown Coeur d’Alene has accelerated a process to create an expanded higher education campus shared by multiple schools. On July 23, the North Idaho College Foundation bought the DeArmond stud mill, formerly owned by Stimson Lumber Co. It was the last waterfront mill in Coeur d’Alene when it closed in May 2008. The foundation leased the property to North Idaho College.
The Idaho attorney general’s office has decided no criminal charges are warranted against a former chairman of the Lake City Development Corp. regarding allegations of conflicts of interest. Charles Nipp, a longtime Coeur d’Alene developer, was chairman of the LCDC board while also serving on the board of Mountain West Bank, the attorney general said in a news release. Of 13 properties acquired by the LCDC from 2003 to 2006, loans for six of them were acquired by Mountain West, the release said. The largest of those loans was for $242,000.