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Roseburg explores re-zoning Pine Street waterfront for commercial & residential use

The Pine Street waterfront neighborhood in Roseburg is the middle ground between the South Umpqua river and the downtown area, March 19, 2018. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The City of Roseburg is working to bring more investment to parts of the city, and some changes you could begin seeing in the coming months.

The Pine Street waterfront neighborhood in Roseburg is the middle ground between the South Umpqua river and the downtown area.

The City of Roseburg wants to re-zone the area for both commercial and residential use.

Local resident Bernie Woodard is part of a trading group who owns property on the waterfront.

He says this could draw more people to the area: "Not just commercial activity on the river, but you also have the public reserve like Elk Island behind us, and the river for that matter."

The City hopes this project will make it easier for developers to invest near the waterfront.

"Promote a developer to say, 'hey, I can go in there and it's not going to cost me as much to be able to develop this area as a result of those requirements,’” said Stuart Cowie, City of Roseburg Community Development Director.

Cowie says the Pine Street Waterfront neighborhood has potential to finally connect the river with the downtown area.

"It really is our only spot of commercial waterfront area that could be developed,” said Cowie, “and so, it'll be able to take advantage of that."

As for Woodard, he says this would help bring more business into town.

"The more commercial activity we have down here,” said Woodard, “the more and more of those people will be spending money downtown."

The City will continue taking input from residents, so people can enjoy the river and downtown together as one.

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