In 2014 the Coquille urban renewal area had four small projects assisting businesses with improvements to their properties.
The Sawdust Theatre is one of the community’s most prized gems. This community melodrama theatre has been performing for almost 50 years. Beginning last year they sought assistance from the urban renewal agency to pay for new siding. Due to the considerable size of the building and the need for a new roof, they completed the work in phases for budgeting and fundraising purposes.
The Coquille Broiler simply bought a new sign to replace the old one hanging on the corner of the building.
The Coquille Produce and Deli market resided the façade of their building with a rustic look re-using lumber from an old barn.
Bill’s Place was an old building that used to be a bar with apartments upstairs. The building was deteriorated beyond repair and the owner utilized urban renewal funds to pay for the demolition.
- The Coquille business assistance program provided for up to $20,000 of matching funds per project per year.
- URA funding: matching grants up to $20,000 per project per year
- Bill’s Place and the Sawdust Theatre projects greatly exceeded the scope of the match and each utilized the full amount.
- The smaller projects received half of their funding in urban renewal match.
- Assistance for the community-based Sawdust Theatre building improvements
- Removal of a deteriorated and dangerous building in the core of downtown
- Improved visibility and environment for local businesses