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Stories tagged: urban renewal


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017

East Sprague Avenue has seen its fortunes rise and fall. Now it’s turning a corner. For real.

If one building describes East Sprague Avenue, it’s the Pansie garage. On the main drag between Pittsburg and Magnolia streets, it’s uneven yet sturdy, almost as if two buildings were …


Modern Theater proposes 300-seat venue in Coeur d’Alene’s Midtown area

After years of looking for the perfect spot for a larger performance venue in Coeur d’Alene, The Modern Theater believes it has found it. The nonprofit company proposes building a …


Eye on Boise: North Idaho road projects make the cut

Interstate 90 interchange at Wolf Lodge is slated for upgrade.


Huckleberries: Smile when you say ‘Athol,’ friend

If you’re planning to move to Idaho, you should learn how to pronounce the names of towns, including Boise, Moscow, Kamiah, Weippe, Coeur d’Alene, and, of course, Athol. Otherwise, the …


Coeur d’Alene planning redevelopment of Sherman Avenue

Depending on who you ask, the east gateway to Coeur d’Alene is either a thriving business district or an urban blemish. An up-and-coming working neighborhood with grit, or drab and …


Shawn Vestal: Arts entrepreneurs’ next project is dressing up downtown

It’s been just three weeks since the second Bazaar, the downtown local arts festival that already feels like a community staple. So naturally, Ginger Ewing, one of the people who …


Parts of CdA’s McEuen Field reopen

Parts of McEuen Field reopened to the public Friday after more than a year of construction work at the downtown Coeur d’Alene park. By midmorning, preschoolers were swarming over the …


Post Falls defends handling of urban renewal refund money

Two critics of Idaho’s urban renewal tax district system – a state lawmaker and a Coeur d’Alene Realtor – are spreading false information about how Post Falls handles urban renewal …


North Idaho College seeks event center funding

Now is the time to build an event center in Coeur d’Alene for sports, trade shows and community gatherings, North Idaho College officials told the city’s urban renewal agency Thursday. …


House committee rejects tighter rules for urban renewal districts

BOISE – An Idaho House committee overwhelmingly rejected legislation from state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, Thursday after urban renewal officials from around the state said it would cripple their …


North Idaho rep’s anti-urban renewal bill killed

An Idaho House committee overwhelmingly rejected legislation from Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, Thursday after urban renewal officials from around the state said it would cripple their economic development efforts.


Recall pits rivaling visions

The leader of an effort to recall Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and half of the City Council characterized his differences with the council as an ideological dispute over their vision for …


Eye on Boise: Aging state equipment enters ‘duct tape’ stage

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s state budget recommendation calls for zero funding for capital replacement items, but lawmakers are concerned that some equipment replacement needs are too critical to continue …


Condo project reborn as rentals

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 …


Road to college gets redo

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. …


Historic space goes high-tech

Several years ago Dean Allen was driving around Spokane in search of a site for a company office. He spotted an aging brick building along the banks of the Spokane …


Officials break ground on higher ed corridor

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 …


Lake City board should have $11.7 million pot

The city of Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal agency should have $11.7 million over the next 10 years to invest in public projects within its Lake District, according to a financial …


Eye on Boise: Bills on urban renewal districts seek to fix management issues

BOISE – The Idaho House has passed four bills designed to trim the authority of local urban renewal agencies, and killed two others. The two that were rejected: HB 99 …


Riverstone awaits final pieces

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 …


Idaho bills challenge urban renewal efforts

BOISE – Seven bills to limit the authority of urban renewal districts in Idaho were proposed Wednesday, including one from a lawmaker who said the state wouldn’t need urban renewal …


Idaho legislators take aim at urban renewal

Seven bills to limit urban renewal districts’ authority in Idaho were proposed in a rarely-convened House committee on Wednesday, including one from a lawmaker who said if people just carry …