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Open House on Downtown Revitalization Project

Post Date:01/12/2017 4:34 PM

PRESS RELEASE

01/12/2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SANDPOINT ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE ON ITS DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT

Sandpoint – The City of Sandpoint is seeking public input on the construction phase of its Downtown Revitalization Project at an open house scheduled for Thursday, January 19th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the second floor balcony of the Columbia Bank Building located at 414 Church Street in Sandpoint.

City staff and representatives from Century West Engineering, the engineering firm contracted to manage and design the construction project, will provide an update on the two-way downtown streets reversion to occur this spring and seek public input on options for the parking changes on Church Street.

Public input is requested on scheduling and design options for Phase I of the construction project to rebuild the streets, sidewalks and other improvements on Cedar Street between Fifth and Second Avenues.  Design concepts will also be presented for Farmin’s Landing, which is the City-owned shoreline between Bridge Street Bridge and the Panida Theater along Sand Creek. Public input on project timing and future phases will also be sought in order to minimize impacts to the downtown businesses, community events and City Beach access.

The Downtown Revitalization Project was initiated by the City of Sandpoint in December 2000 to engage the community in discussions about the future of its downtown.  Efforts included pedestrian crossing safety improvements, improved lighting, the plaza and splash fountain at Jeff Jones Town Square, park improvements and the waterfront boardwalk and boat launch along Sand Creek.  These improvements, coupled with private building investments and successful year-round events have given Sandpoint national recognition as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Small Towns” and “Best Places to Live,” and have established Downtown Sandpoint as the heart of the region.

A plan for future improvements known as The Downtown Streets Plan and Design Guide was published in December 2012 after a significant community input process that took place over a two-year period.  The construction phase of this plan is now underway.  Most of the funding for the final design and construction costs for the streets is being supported through the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency.  Grant funding and other sources will be sought for the construction at Farmin’s Landing.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Stapleton, City Administrator, at (208) 265-1483 or jstapleton@sandpointidaho.gov.

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