On Nov. 8, the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) met for the first time since September to talk about several potential development projects in the City of Delta.
City manager David Torgler said that voter approval of the sale or exchange of the Riverbend and Cottonwood parks provides the city more opportunities to create projects to benefit the community.
Torgler noted there are two federally designated Opportunity Zones in Delta for which funding is available for development of property.
Several ideas were discussed in a general manner regarding developments: a start-up business incubator on Main Street and a health care facility, as well as concentrating on a hotel. It was suggested a local hotel could be approached about upgrading to create the kind of hotel the board looked at before, or building a hotel on a six-acre city-owned property between the river and the rec center.
Nathan Clay said the board needs to look at development long term, in a multi-faceted approach over several years, and to start with a piece of the greater plan.
The non-city members agreed that the City of Delta needs to have the Riverbend and Cottonwood land appraised to know their value. After the value of the land is determined, the city should decide what it wants to do with the property. Then the DURA board can meet again to pick up the discussion and move forward.
Members of DURA are, representing the city, Mayor Ron Austin and councilmembers Kevin Carlson, Chris Ryan, Nathan Clay and Gerald Roberts; Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes; Bill Crank, representing special districts; Jill Jurca, representing the school district; and Tom Huerkamp, a mayoral appointee.