ROSEBURG, OR. -- Changes could be coming to the Pine Street Historical District in Roseburg, but the city needs to hear from residents on what they would like to see happen.
Along the banks of the Umpqua River in Roseburg lies the Pine Street Historical District; the site of Deer Creek Settlement, the first in the Umpqua Valley.
"Thomas Farquar in the 1860's. He was connected. He owned Elk Island, at the time it was called Farquar Island. He owned the 292 Southeast Pine, which was an old church or school originally and he converted it to a house," said Bernie Woodard of the Elk Island Trading Group.
Now, it's a row of historic houses that sit on commercially zoned properties.
The current zoning puts heavy restrictions on commercializing the neighborhood, and that's why the city wants to create a new overlay.
"They would be severely hampered because of all of the current requirements. Dealing with how wide you'd have to build that road, sidewalk requirements, all those types of issues. Let alone all the additional parking requirements," said Community Development Director Stuart Cowie.
Woodard, as well as others in the area that wouldn't go on camera, said this new overlay could make Pine Street the missing connector from downtown to the city's parks and riverfront area.
"By allowing us to utilize the riverfront, it creates a great marriage of riverfront, recreation, other commercial activity on the river, and going downtown to the historic shops that we might have down there: restaurants, breweries, wine tastings," said Woodard.
The city wants input from residents to create a lively area. They want to hear opinions from residents on what they would like to see happen on Pine Street.
To review the plans and give your input, you can go to the Speak-Up Roseburg website.
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