CdA council puzzles over piecing together mixed-use development along Spokane River

The city of Coeur d’Alene has acquired almost 5 acres of land adjacent to an ambitious, publicly owned. mixed-use development on a prime spot near downtown and on the banks of the Spokane River.

Now it has to decide what to do with it.

That decision was the subject of a lengthy presentation and discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where council members, Mayor Steve Widmyer, an engineer enlisted to help design the development and the head of the city’s urban renewal agency, ignite CDA, discussed their options.

The possibilities on the table ranged from creating a gated community on the triangular parcel to building office, hotel or apartment towers, to constructing a mix of townhomes and houses.

Council members ultimately decided to take a couple of weeks to mull over the kind of decision usually left to private developers.

As they do so, they will have to consider a

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