There is no shortage of exciting upgrades taking placethroughout Coos Bay. The City Council and its partners continue to work on behalf of our residents, addressing community needs.
One of the priorities we’ve tackled is the parking constraints in the downtown area and on Front Street. In an effort to add parking capacity in downtown, the Council approved the proposal to develop the vacant lot at the corner of Central Avenue and S. Third Street into a public parking lot. The necessary design plans are underway and currently being reviewed with our state and federal partners. Additionally, we’re working to repurpose a lot along N. Front Street between Cedar and Date avenues. The project is in the state permitting phase. Once completed we will not only have a public parking lot to serve the needs of the businesses on Front Street, while at the same time, cleaning and refurbishing a lot which was used for over 80 years as a salvage yard.
In partnership with the Parks Commission, we’ve embarked on an aggressive plan to improve Mingus Park, one of the jewels in our community. This project proposes dredging the pond, adding a couple of fishing piers, elevating the small children’s play area and replacing the playground in that area, replacing restroom / pavilion, etc. The design and engineering process is nearly complete and we are in hopes of applying for grants in early 2021.
Another Coos Bay landmark, the Egyptian Theatre, is celebrating its 95th birthday this year. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the Theatre entering the National Register of Historic Places. We recently completed the replacement of the 50-year-old roof. This $122,571 investment comes by way of generous grants and funds provided by the Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association.