Urban Renewal approves deadline extension for Granada Block project

07 22 13 Mayor Steve Lawrence

Michael Leash, left, and Jens von Gierke

Michael Leash, left, and Jens von Gierke

The Dalles City Council rolled through a number of housekeeping measures last night. Among other items, they approved a central business district vertical housing development zone that would give tax credits to developers who remodeled upper floors of downtown retail buildings into apartments, and signed a 10-year extension of the current franchise agreement with The Dalles Disposal for garbage pickup in the city. In doing so, councilors praised the company’s efficient operation and many contributions to the local community

But the extension that got the most attention last night came in the Gateway Urban Renewal Agency meeting that followed the city council meeting. The Renewal Agency voted unanimously to extend the deadline for Rapoza Development to complete phase1 of the Granada Block Project by four months to the end of 2013. But Mayor Steve Lawrence, who also chairs the Urban Renewal Agency, said this was the end of the line for extensions:

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Jens von Gierke of Wave Development, one of the partners in the deal, said he and Michael Leash were quite clear on that

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Leash and von Gierke showed new architechural drawings that would reduce the size of the hotel from five floors to four and the number of rooms to 117. (See related story

City Council and Renewal Board member Carolyn Wood put it this way:

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