Moscow Urban Renewal Agency Partner Projects
Gritman Medical Office Project
Responding to community needs for expanded health services, Gritman Medical Center constructed their Medical Office Building III project, a $10 million, 54,000 square foot medical office building that is the home to an enlarged income-based CHAS medical and dental clinic, expanded oncology and cardiac rehabilitation services, and a state-of-the art anatomy lab serving University of Idaho medical students. MURA partnered with Gritman by funding necessary public infrastructure though an Owner Participation Agreement wherein the MURA reimbursed Gritman $28,410.14 for necessary roadway and sidewalk improvements in support of this needed and important community project.
Downtown Restroom Project
Building a public restroom facility for downtown Moscow has been a priority for the community for many years. When project costs exceeded the City’s budget for the project, the MURA agreed to contribute $27,000 to ensure the design and quality of the facility was in keeping with the downtown area and community desires. The restroom facility was completed in the spring of 2017 with a dedication ceremony on May 6th.
Identity on Main
The Fields Holding Company recently acquired the former Sharpe Oil property and an adjacent prior railroad property for a proposed mixed use development called Identity on Main. The $24 million project includes 154 residential dwelling units and 3,000 square feet of retail space. The MURA partnered with the developer through an OPA to reimburse $65,568.80 for highway access improvements. This project is in a highly visible location near a prominent entrance to the University of Idaho campus serves as a significant catalyst to additional private investment in the area.
The MURA acquired the property located at the corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets in 2010. This property was previously utilized as an agricultural chemical storage site which resulted in environmental contamination on the property. The MURA was awarded an U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant to fund both soil and groundwater remediation which was completed in the spring of 2017. MURA’s efforts were critical in facilitating the redevelopment of this brownfield site into productive use. A future developer has been selected through a public Request For Proposal process and is currently planning a $6 million mixed-used development for the site.
EMSI, an economic consulting firm, was quickly outgrowing their facility in the Alturas Technology Park and was in need of additional space. The MURA partnered with developer Wentz and Associates to facilitate the $1 Million renovation of the former Daily News building downtown into a modern and attractive office space for EMSI. The MURA entered into an Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) with the developer to reimburse up to $45,000 in expenses to extend the City’s fiber optic network to the building and to reconstruct the streetscape on Jackson Street.