The Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is currently in the design phase of reconstructing First and Fifth Streets in Downtown Lewiston. Work will include reconstructing roadways, portions of the sidewalks, public art, and full streetscape (trees, planters, street furniture, and other pedestrian amenities). This website will be updated regularly with recent drawings and exhibits, surveys, meeting notifications and project schedule.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 11:00 am

Come enjoy your beautiful downtown and the opening of the new City Library.

Brought to you by the City of Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency:
Brad Cannon, Chairman, Butch Alford, JoAnn Cole-Hansen, Mary Hasenoehrl, Doug Havens, Dan Marsh, Dr. Joy Rapp, Bob Tippett (former member),  Laura Von Tersch (staff)

Engineering:  TD&H Engineering, Lewiston, Idaho
Contractor:  M.L. Albright & Sons, Inc., Lewiston, Idaho
City of Lewiston Parks and Recreation Staff
Curtis Concrete, Pullman, Washington
Living Waters Lawn and Landscape, Clarkston, Washington
Poe Asphalt, Clarkston, Washington
Twin City Electric, Clarkston, Washington
Avista Utilities
Zions Bank

View our gallery of before and after pictures!

Thank you to the contractors for doing a great job!
Thank you to the Community for all of your support!
Thanks to the neighbors for your cooperation!

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Notice to Pedestrians:

The 5th Street pedestrian bridge over the Levee Bypass will be closed temporarily starting Monday, November 5 through the end of the year.  Please use the pedestrian bridge at the confluence to access downtown.

Open for Business!

Rudolph Motors and the RV Parts Store are open for business during construction.  Please access these businesses from Beachey Street.

The Lewiston Tribune office is open, as well, and can be accessed from 7th Street.

Thank you for your patience during construction!

 

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A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the beginning of construction today as work begins on the first two phases. Thanks, everyone, for attending the event and supporting the work to make downtown a more beautiful, vibrant place to live, work and have fun!

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Beautiful Downtown Lewiston under the authority of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is pleased to announce its call for artists for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project as part of the redevelopment of 1st and 5th Streets in Lewiston, Idaho.

This call for artists is for the design, construction and installation of up to twenty (20) benches within the sidewalk at the entrance to the future library building to be located on both sides of a central entrance focal point project (provided through a separate call for artists).

Below are the current design candidates

Jim Gallucci
Ken McCall
CJ Rench
Don Lawler
L&M Studios
Sue Latta
Allen and Mary Dee Dodge
Suzy Hendrix
Kelly Price
George Lee and Samuel Kraft
Linda Scott
Carol Poppenga

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Beautiful Downtown Lewiston under the authority of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is pleased to announce its call for artists for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project as part of the redevelopment of 1st and 5th Streets in Lewiston, Idaho.

This call for artists is for the design, construction and installation of up to eight (8) bicycle racks within the sidewalk along First and Fifth Streets within reconstructed project area.

Below are the current design candidates

Jim Gallucci
Allen & Mary Dee Dodge
Hailong Wu
Gary Gresko
Matt Babcock
CJ Rench
Gary Lehman
Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei
Matt Cartwright
Bland Hoke
Carol Poppenga

 

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Parts of First & Fifth St in downtown Lewiston will be closed for construction from June 18 – December 2012. The project will be constructed in phases to maintain normal traffic flow as much as possible.

Starting Monday, June 18:

First Street

  • D St to Capital St – Closed to thru traffic. Local traffic to businesses – Open
  • Capital to Beachey St – Closed

Fifth Street

  • One lane of Main St & D St – Open at all times (may be short closures for utility connections)
  • Fifth St from Main to D St – Closed
  • Center for Arts and History – Sidewalk to entrances open
  • Towne Square parking lot – Open (except for occasional closures)

Contact Information
Project Manager
TD&H Engineering
Attn: John Dilts
208.746.0938

Urban Renewal Agency
Attn: Laura Von Tersch
208.746.1318 x:268

Contractor
ML Albright & Sons Inc
Attn: Marvin Albright
208.746.2100

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A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Fifth Street between Main and D Streets Monday, June 18 at 1:00 pm to celebrate the beginning of construction of the First and Fifth Street projects.

The Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency, in cooperation with the City of Lewiston, has been planning the reconstruction project for over a year. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

The project will be constructed in phases that will allow traffic to use one lane of Main and D Streets throughout the project, except for short, infrequent closures during some underground utility work. Access to downtown businesses will be maintained at all times.

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Final construction drawings are online. Download (37.2MB PDF)

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The Downtown Streetscape Initiative is pleased to announce the applicants for the Library Entrance Focal Point. One of these proposals will be selected to be a welcoming element of the streetscape on the East entrance of the new Lewiston Public Library in downtown Lewiston. Public input is very important to the selection process, so please take a few moments to review the applicants and provide your constructive criticism.

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Beautiful Downtown Lewiston under the authority of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is pleased to announce its call for artists for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project as part of the redevelopment of 1st and 5th Streets in Lewiston, Idaho.

This call for artists is for the design, construction and installation of up to twenty (20) benches within the sidewalk at the entrance to the future library building to be located on both sides of a central entrance focal point project (provided through a separate call for artists).

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Beautiful Downtown Lewiston under the authority of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is pleased to announce its call for artists for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project as part of the redevelopment of 1st and 5th Streets in Lewiston, Idaho.

This call for artists is for the design, construction and installation of up to eight (8) bicycle racks within the sidewalk along First and Fifth Streets within reconstructed project area.

View Request for Proposal

 

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Apr
12

A bid opening will be held May 3, 2012 with a pre-bid meeting for bidders on April 23. See full Advertisement for Bids below.

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You are invited to attend presentations by Don Brigham, Melissa Cole and Peter Goetzinger, each of whom have exciting and original ideas for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project.

Presentations will be held on April 12th, 5:30-7pm, in the upstairs conference room at 215 D Street in downtown Lewiston.  See attached invitation for more details.

This event is open to the public and your participation is important!

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Thank you for your support.

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Beautiful Downtown Lewiston under the authority of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is pleased to announce its call for artists for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project as part of the redevelopment of 1st and 5th Streets in Lewiston, Idaho.

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A wave that glows at night and changes colors with the phases of the moon; a reproduction of the Steamboat Lewiston sailing over U.S. Highway 12; mosaic salmon; and tall posts displaying iconic images of the area are just a few of the ideas three artists have proposed for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape project.

The three artists chosen as finalists for the project are Don Brigham of Clarkston, Melissa Cole of Spokane and Peter Goetzinger of Sandpoint, Idaho. Two already have public art in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley; Brigham designed the metal fish at Clarkston’s northeastern entryway, while Goetzinger painted the historic Lewiston mural on Fifth Street. Continue reading →

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Beautiful Downtown Lewiston under the authority of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is pleased to announce the top three applicants for the Downtown Lewiston Streetscape Project as part of the redevelopment of 1st and 5th Streets in Lewiston, Idaho. These proposals are for entryway artwork located in the 5th Street corridor. 5th Street is the linking corridor from the Highway 95 bypass into the heart of the historical downtown business district which was and still is the center for business, culture and community.

Don Brigham, Melissa Cole and Peter Goetzinger each have exciting and original ideas for the Streetscape Design Initiative. This is your first opportunity to review the proposals and provide feedback. Your comments are important in successfully selecting the right candidate.

You are also invited to attend presentations by the artists on April 12th, 5:30 pm-7 pm, in the upstairs conference room at 215 D Street in downtown Lewiston.

Checkout the top three applicants by clicking here!

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Final design plans were submitted to the URA, City and other review agencies earlier this month to allow for final comment. During the next two weeks TD&H Engineering will be assembling the final bid documents and advertising the project for bidding.

Official bid documents will be available through the Engineer. Unofficial web-friendly versions of documents will be available through this website once the project is advertised for bidding.

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People headed to downtown Lewiston can look forward to a flood of new art to view, sit upon and hook their bikes to.

The works are part of a large, five-part public art project linked to the rebuild of First and Fifth streets downtown.

Artist proposals for the first piece, an entryway artwork for the Fifth Street levee pedestrian overpass, are being accepted now from around the country.

Beautiful Downtown Lewiston is managing the Public Arts Initiative. A percentage of money from the street rebuilds has been allotted for public art by the city’s Urban Renewal Agency.

The five parts of the arts initiative are:

·         An entryway work to be installed on both sides of the pedestrian overpass at the intersection of Fifth Street and the Levee Bypass. The work will have a companion piece at F Street, the first downtown street on Fifth Street from the south. The entryway project has a $90,000 budget and is tentatively scheduled to be installed in October.

·         An art piece to be a focal point of the new Lewiston City Library, $20,000.

·         Benches, $18,000.

·         Bicycle racks, $7,000.

·         An art on-loan program where different pieces of public art would be stationed at 10 designated locations on First and Fifth streets. The works would be on loan from artists for one year, at the end of which they would be purchased or returned to the artists and new works would be installed. A sales commission would go toward sustaining the program.

Final installation dates depend on the rebuild schedule but all the art should be downtown by the end of 2012, says Breanne Durham, executive director of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston.

Artist calls for the other projects will go out later this spring and summer. The public will have every opportunity to view artist proposals and provide input, Durham says.

A committee will select three finalists for the overpass project by March 29. The finalists will visit Lewiston a few weeks later to view the site. They will then create their proposals and return to present their ideas to the public April 12. People will be encouraged to submit their opinions of the works on paper or online at a website that has been created for the initiative, www.downtownlewistonstreetscape.com.

Considering public comments, the selection committee will make a final decision April 13 and send their recommendation to the Urban Renewal Agency.

Selection committee members are: Lisa Jones, director of the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History; Tim Barker, Lewiston Parks and Recreation; Wayne Hollingshead, Lewiston Tribune and Beautiful Downtown Lewiston Board of Directors; Kelsey Grafton, artist; Mike Feeney, Lewiston City Library Board; Ethel Green, Nez Perce Arts Council; and Nathanael Tucker, downtown business owner of La Boheme.

Durham modeled the decision process after one used by the Moscow Arts Commission to select a work for its southern entryway.

“We want to get the public involved and I really liked the model they used,” says Durham, who visited Moscow to hear the artists’ final proposals. “It was great to actually be able to meet the artists and hear them give an explanation and hear more than you’d ever get from a photo or paragraph.”

The final nonpermanent component of the initiative, the art on-loan program, is modeled after similar programs in cities like Coeur d’Alene and Sheridan, Wyo., Durham says. It has a $60,000 budget that includes artist honorarium, advertising and a small amount to purchase one of the first 10 works. An artist call will go out in July and the pieces will be presented to the public at downtown’s September Art Walk.

First and Fifth streets were identified as a top priority for infrastructure improvements by the Urban Renewal Agency in coordination with city staff to support future development for the Twin City Foods property next to the Levee Bypass. The arts initiative is designed to create new interest in downtown Lewiston and drive cultural tourists to the district to view art, visit other cultural amenities and shop.

Bauer may be contacted at jkbauer@lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2263. © 2012 The Lewiston Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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The first Public Arts Initiative Call for Artists is now available. This call is for entryway artwork located in the 5th Street corridor. Application deadline is March 15, 2012.

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Design is progressing and the 80% design plans have been submitted for review.

Click on the links below to download individual plan sets.

Erosion & Sediment Control Plans
Download ESC Plans

General Plans
Download General Plans

Roadway Plans
Download Roadway Plan

Streetscape Plans
Download Streetscape Plans

Traffic Plans
Download Traffic Plan

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