Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency wants your input on Empire Urban Renewal Plan

Coos Bay City Hall (File/SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency is in the process of reviewing the Empire Urban Renewal Plan.

"For the most part, the Plan was created more than twenty years ago," the City said in a news release. "A number of Urban Renewal projects listed in the Plan have been accomplished while others have yet to be undertaken."

One of the largest projects, the South Empire Blvd Street project, was recently completed. That project included a complete makeover of South Empire Blvd, which was aimed at increasing pedestrian and bicyclist safety through the widening of the street and installation of bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and lighting.

The purpose of the Plan review is to ensure the project list reflects today’s needs of the District, the City said. "It is more than possible that the Plan will need to be updated to reflect the current and anticipated future needs of the Empire Urban Renewal District."

Over the next few years, the Agency will have additional resources to undertake projects listed in the Plan, the City said.

The Agency would like to gather public input on not only the remaining projects already in the Plan, but also potential projects that would be added to the Plan.

The Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency is hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday, January 9, at the Dolphin Theatre beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Dolphin Theatre is located at 580 Newmark Avenue.

A copy of the current Empire Urban Renewal Plan can be found online.

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