Even as some Tennant Way business owners continue to express concerns, the Longview City Council is directing staff to move ahead with the design and construction of streetscape improvements in that corridor. Council member Tom Hutchinson says that this is an opportunity to improve one of the main gateways into the city…tennantway…Steve Lemmons owns the Texaco station at 11th Avenue, and he says that Tennant Way isn’t the place this type of development, saying that it’s a truck and industrial route. Dennis McCrady wonders who is going to maintain the trees and bio-swales that the city plans to install, claiming that they’re not maintaining things that are already in place, pointing to the land around the new entry sign as an example. City Manager Bob Gregory says that the city will devote resources to maintaining this corridor after it’s constructed. On a 7-0 vote, the Council directed staff to complete the design and submit it to the Department of Ecology for review, along with an application for competitive grant funding. If they don’t score the grant, then the bulk of the estimate $2.7 million cost would be covered through the stormwater utility.
In other action, the Council accepted a $1.7 million bid from R. C. Northwest of Brush Prairie for construction of streetscape improvements in the downtown zone along Commerce Avenue. On a 4-2 vote, they directed the Planning Commission to conduct a review of the Light Industrial-A and Riverfront zones in the city, to see if the zoning code should be updated to allow additional uses.