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Council to consider downtown development plan

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The College Place City Council will consider a motion to approve an ordinance to adopt the downtown catalyst incentive program. The program encourages catalytic development throughout the city’s downtown mixed use zone along College Avenue from 13th to 14th and Whitman Drive to Blalock.

Under the program, the city would solicit proposals that are for development projects that include a minimum of two stories, a minimum of five dwelling units, and a minimum of 3,000 square feet.

Other requirements would be that all onsite parking must be provided within the building or behind the building, all residential parking must be provided onsite, and downtown design guidelines must be met. The program would also cover a new construction project.

“With renovation projects on existing buildings they could submit for it if the improvements were valued at over 50 percent of the assessed value of the structure,” City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello said.  “Projects would be limited to one a year and would be competitive.”

Rizzitiello said the business-owner-led Economic Development, Tourism, and Events Advisory Commission would review applications and then send their recommendation to city council for ultimate approval.

Tuesday’s city council meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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