Upgrades Approved for Two Eastside Schools December 12, 2018

This past Tuesday, the Planning Commission approved the Coos Bay School District’s new 52,000 square foot Eastside Elementary School along with renovations to the existing Millicoma Intermediate School to accommodate 450 students. The project is possible due to the passage of the November 2017 bond for improvements and reconstruction to multiple school facilities. The bond passage displayed the community’s support for education in our area; this project is the first of future upgrades and school replacements. Planned upgrades to include:

New Eastside School

  • Classrooms
  • Administration area
  • Warming kitchen
  • Storage rooms
  • Service areas
  • Off-street parking
  • Landscaping

Millicoma School Renovations

  • New entry vestibule
  • Two new classrooms
  • New HVAC equipment
  • New roof
  • New finish materials 

Coos Bay School District Superintendent Bryan Trendall shared that school safety was a primary factor for this project and future district projects. These plans have been designed to provide for controlled entry vestibules, construction standards for seismic safety, and the latest technology for student learning. The new Eastside Elementary School front elevation reflects the school’s attractive design. Construction is expected to begin in late spring of 2019 with student attendance by the fall of 2020. 
The Planning Commission also approved the Coos Bay Village Project. This project is located along the North Bayshore Drive waterfront, between Ivy Street and the Coos History Museum. The project will be comprised of multiple retail, restaurant and office buildings, pedestrian plazas, public boardwalk, off-street parking, landscaping, installation of a lighted intersection at Hemlock Avenue and related infrastructure.
The plans are representative of the community’s goals for the waterfront area noted in the 2017 Front Street Action Plan and other City waterfront visioning documents in years past. Project Representative Daniel Graham shared his excitement to clean up this portion of the Coos Bay waterfront.  He indicated demolition over a portion of the property has already commenced and construction will start in the coming year. 

PHOTO (Below)-Artists rendering of Coos Bay Village Project on the waterfront.