In 2015, the City of Coos Bay was awarded a $400,000 Brownfield Grant through the Environment Protection Agency. A component of that grant was to do an update of the Front Street Master Plan completed in 1998. With the consultant team of ECONorthwest and the assistance of the Brownfield Advisory Committee (BAC), a plan document is now in its final draft form. The plan focuses on achievable, end-result actions that will create greater focus and activity along Front Street while still maintaining the traditional water-dependent businesses that have been the mainstay of the area for many decades.
On June 8, there will be an open house and a public presentation of the draft plan for the area’s business owners, local residents, and interested citizens who would like more information. Active participation by those interested in the Bay front’s future is our best chance of moving forward. The presentation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 737 Front Street in the heart of the plan boundaries. The building was recently purchased by Legacy Properties with the intention of upgrading and allowing purposeful reuse. Light fare and beverages will be provided. Further information can be provided by Tom Dixon, Community Development Administrator at 541 269-1181 ext. 2287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.