By Jennifer Grimes

Triplicate staff writer

Gateway has vowed to fix the eyesore on the corner of Highway 101 and Front Street before tourists pour in for the Aleutian Goose Festival.

Weve been moaning about this long enough. Somebodys got to get up and say this is what we want done, Ill do it and take the responsibility for riding it through, said David Whitis, head of Gateways beautification committee.

The building in need or repair is the old Nice Twice thrift and adult novelty store situated at the southern entrance to town. Last March, a car careened into the buildings corner, leaving a gaping hole. No repairs or cosmetic solutions have been made to the crumbling structure since the wreck.

Owner Darryl Lovaas said repairs would be futile in light of the pending sale of the building, to an undisclosed buyer, that may or may not go through.

Because Gateway Partnerships main mission is to improve the look and function of the community, Whitis said they wanted to make a good impression on Goose Festival-goers next weekend.

Were doing this so the national media doesnt leave Crescent City saying its just a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, he said.

Whitis, and anyone willing to help him, plans to construct an expansive lattice to cover the crash site, then put huge planters in front of it containing very large bushes and other plants, he said.

The old Nice Twice sign supported by a crumbling block of concrete will also be targeted. Whitis said he will take out the sign, and the concrete blocks will be arranged into another planter he hopes will also house large plants.

Ive priced it all out and Mr. Lovaas has agreed to pay for it. We still need plants, though big bushes. We want to have a finished landscape, not something we have to wait for to grow, Whitis said.

We need the community to jump on this and we need to do it now! he added, in hopes the project will be done by March 23.

Other Gateway coordinators, Scott and Shirley Cook, are working to clean up and plant flowers in Crescent City harbor in time for the festival.

To volunteer, call Whitis at 464-3787 or the Cooks at 464-6306.

Its something everyone wants, so lets go for it, Whitis said.