LINCOLN – Lincoln City Council approved substantial loans for Pelican Brewing and the Church of Christ of the Lincoln City Congress during its regular meeting on Monday through various programs from its economic development toolbox.
The City Economic Development Toolkit is a loans and grants program that was expanded in 2020 to give the city opportunities to promote economic and infrastructure development similar to those provided by the city’s Urban Renewal Agency. The city received and reviewed its first three applications for the program during its meeting on Monday.
These applications were processed by the Lincoln City Loan Committee with the assistance of the Cascades West Oregon Government Council, which allowed them to appear before the board if the financial reviews of each proposal were positive. Ultimately, only Pelican Brewing and the Church of Christ appeared before the council for a vote, and both were approved.
The church was awarded $ 110,000 as part of the city’s façade improvement program, which is helping to fund existing commercial properties in the city to mitigate the impact of the disease. Such tools can be used for aesthetic and visual enhancements if they also include façade enhancements. The loan will be at zero interest rate and repayable over the next 10 years.
The church applied to replace the roof of its spire and other areas that showed wear that could be seen from the street and also caused leaks. The church building is also considered a historic building without a designation, as it was built in 1949 but did not go through the official designation procedure.
“Because of the visual overhang of the roof from the street, if this building for which maintenance has been delayed turns to rot, it’s like on a fence,” said Allison Robertson, director of Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency. “We usually do not provide deferred service loans or loans only for the roof, but in some cases if there are loans that are partially going to fix the roof, but also do something like improve the store entrance, windows or doors. , we will consider this because we do not want to have a building with a beautiful facade, but with a large hole in the roof. If someone is going to invest in cleaning up a building, it’s also good to make sure it doesn’t collapse. “
Counselor Judy Casper expressed concern over why the church was chosen for the loan when there may be many similar houses in the city in need of roof repairs.
Councilor Rick Mark, who is a member of the credit committee, said the building has historic building status and it seemed like a good choice for a loan given that the city’s visibility made it a good candidate for façade improvements. However, it was noted that most of the committee is “in a quandary” about this decision.
Kasper argued that most of the buildings in the city could be considered “historic” and raised additional concerns over whether the work would be done by local contractors and what jobs they might or might not create.
Pelican Brewing’s bid has requested $ 280,000 for a 900 line-foot underground utility in the new section currently being developed south of Taft and in the northern and southern sections. As the project will further help achieve the city’s goal of reducing visual clutter along the highway by placing elevated utilities underground, the council also approved $ 150,000 as a loan forgiveness, bringing the total loan amount to $ 130,000.
The Pelican Brewing Project is a new brewery originally scheduled to open in March 2020. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has put the project on hold until construction has been unceremoniously resumed in the past few months and the walls have been erected last week.
Mark said he was stunned by the initial request for forgiveness for more than half the loan, but added that he was later convinced by the Pelican Brewing argument given the difficulties the project has faced so far.
“The groundbreaking was scheduled for Friday and it was this week that everything was stopped,” said Mark. “Then they just sat empty for months, and now it’s nice to see this building grow.”
“They explained in their submissions that they have since faced more than $ 1 million in additional costs, which resonated with me and made the request justified,” continued Mark.
“Underground utilities are such a benefit to society for two reasons,” said board member Anne Marie Skinner, another member of the credit committee. “One is aesthetics and it’s always nice not to see these overhead power lines, and the other is safety in regards to power problems, fire, wind. Anything underground is ultimately safer for society. “
Parsons noted that building underground utilities near the D River was very costly, and added that any business wishing to enter the community and do work beyond what is required of them should be rewarded.
A third application for $ 150,000 was to be made through the City’s Infrastructure Partners program to help fund construction work for the Habitat for Humanity 39 single family homes, but the credit committee decided that the project would not be a suitable use of program funds. funds.
Other highlights from Monday’s meeting:
• The Council received an update on the Clearinghouse’s efforts to return to the hands of assistance to add a facility in Lincoln City. Riley Hoagland City Council criticized the presentation, saying it did not feel that adequate information was provided on the progress of the project.
• The Board approved a $ 96,000 contract to develop a Holmes water pumping station replacement project with Keller Associates and a $ 99,750 contract to develop a Vesla water pumping station replacement project with HBH consulting engineers.
• Interim City Manager Leela Bradley announced the resignation of Lincoln City CFO Debbie Bridges from September 6th.
• The City Council received a report on the project for the construction of 100 apartment apartments of the Urban Renewal Agency with innovative housing stock on North-East 25th Street. The project recently received $ 13.5 million in additional LIFT funding from the state and is expected to enter the design phase this fall with construction starting next summer.
• The Council made a decision on the issues discussed at the executive meeting. The council voted to reject the property offer and continue negotiations to find a lower price.